Transformational grants: Trust launches new specialist funding programme

The Trust is excited to have launched a highly specialised programme that will make a small number of grants to create systemic change for Armed Forces communities. Grants of up to £300,000 are available.

Delivering long-term systemic change
Under this programme, with funding from the Covenant Fund, we expect to make between five and seven grants of up to £300,000 towards innovative projects with a national focus and which can evidence that the project will deliver long-term systemic change for specific, unmet needs within Armed Forces communities.

We will fund a very small number of projects that will deliver permanent and significant changes or improvements for Armed Forces communities, where there are hidden needs not being met by current service provision.

Your project will need to work with people from Armed Forces communities who have needs that are having a significant impact on their lives, but who cannot access specialist services because these services are not available or accessible to them.

Making your application
We’ll award grants for projects which begin in April 2023 and run for between three and five years. There will be a two-stage application process, with expressions of interest required by early September. We’ll then invite a limited number of organisations to make detailed second-stage applications by early January 2023.

The Trust has developed this programme following consultation work with the Armed Forces charity sector. Round table discussions highlighted that it was important for grants of up to five years to be offered, that projects should be highly specific, and work collaboratively across sectors, and that for projects to be transformational, they will require higher levels of resource.

Addressing clear needs
The Trust is looking for applications that can be clear about the evidence of why their project is needed. You’ll need to explain why the needs that your project will address require resource, and explain the difference that this will make to people’s lives.

Successful projects will deliver systemic change, through long-term transformation, extending much further than the initial beneficiaries and the organisation receiving the grant.

Transforming the landscape
Anna Wright, Chief Executive of the Trust said

“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity. We hope to look back in five years’ time and see that the landscape is transformed such that new infrastructure and support networks exist to meet previously unmet needs amongst specific cohorts within the Armed Forces community. This will be systemic and sustainable change that improves the lives of those that serve or have served our nation and their families.”

Find out more
For full details on this new programme, and to apply, click here.

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