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First awards made from Veterans’ Community Centres Programme

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (the Trust) is delighted to have made the first ever awards under the Veterans’ Community Centres Programme, with 11 worthy projects taking a share of just over £220,000 to improve the facilities available to veterans in their local communities.

Whether new carpets, repairs to a roof, disabled access, improved lighting and more – the Trust has supported projects who’ve shown that funding is truly needed and is going to make a huge difference to veterans across the UK.

Melloney Poole, Chief Executive of the Trust, said: “What a selection of projects we’ve supported! From making centres more accessible for disabled veterans, to modernising these spaces into places that veterans, old and young, can make great use of, there’s now a whole host of refurbishment work ready to begin across the UK.” 

Where do veterans in your community meet? 

Do you know of a veterans’ community centre in your local area that could do with a refresh?  

The Trust is encouraging those using veterans’ community centres to spread the word about this new funding and encourage centres to make an application. There are two strands to the programme, and it’s a simple process to apply for a grant of up to £30,000.

Find out more about who can apply and how much is available on the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust website, www.covenantfund.org.uk.

 

Notes for Editors:

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust is an independent charity that manages the grant programmes funded by the Covenant Fund.

We also run wider funding programmes that support the Armed Forces community.

These include the £10M Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund.

The Veterans’ Community Centres Programme is a specialist pot of funding. Applicants must be Armed Forces charities with an existing building that requires refurbishment. Most grants will be for £30,000 or less. There will be three rounds of funding. Grants of up to £150,000 will only be made in the final application round. Applicants seeking between £30,000 and £150,000 will need to have a mandatory conversation with the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust before submitting an application. Spaces supported under this programme are places where veterans can meet for social interaction rather than places where they might go to receive services  – watch our short video: https://spark.adobe.com/video/sTMKmfUGpG0fx.

Find a full list of all grants made under this programme at www.covenantfund.org.uk/veterans-community-centre-grants.

You can find out more about our work at www.covenantfund.org.uk.

Media contact: Sonia Howe, Director of Policy Sonia.howe@covenantfund.org.uk.

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