Funding to support the Armed Forces Community

Armed Forces Covenant Grant Scheme

The Government's new Covenant Fund, launched in August 2015, has a different focus from the grant scheme it replaces and the process for grant applications has also changed.

The Fund is an annual £10 million which is available in perpetuity. The Government will therefore keep the operation of the Fund under review to ensure its aims are delivered through a process of continual improvement. 

Current Ministry of Defence guidance is available online

Funding Themes

The intention is that the new Fund will be more strategic and more closely targeted at areas of need than the previous scheme. The new Fund has four broad funding themes. They are

  • removing barriers to family life
  • extra support after service for those that need help 
  • measures to integrate military and civilian communities and allow the armed forces community to participate as citizens
  • non-core healthcare services for veterans

Information about priorities for the 2017/2018 fund have now been updated

Small grants have been renamed Local Grants and a rolling programme has been introduced which is open from 13 February 2017 to 5 January 2018.  The dates of the application rounds are as follows:

  • 13 February to 3 April (National Panel 18 May 2017)
  • 4 April to 7 July (National Panel 17 August 2017)
  • 8 July to 6 October (National Panel 16 November 2017)
  • 7 October to 5 January 2018 (National Panel 15 February 2018)

If you have specific queries about the fund or are unsure whether your organisation or your project is likely to be funded, please contact