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Views of Armed Forces community sought to help develop new local Covenant funding programme

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (the Trust) has launched a new, open consultation to discover how those within, and working with, the Armed Forces community feel funding could be best used to support them.

The consultation comes ahead of the re-launch of the Armed Forces Covenant: Local Grants programme, which has successfully supported hundreds of local projects over the last five years, strengthening the Armed Forces community both in terms of integration and delivery of local services.

Shaping a new programme based on real need

By seeking valuable feedback as part of this eight-week consultation, the Trust will shape a new programme, based on the needs and priorities identified at a local level, and will use the evidence gathered to inform their overall priority for 2020 of Integration and Engagement.

The Trust’s Director of Policy, Sonia Howe, explains:

“Research tells us that isolation and loneliness is affecting both young and old, with increasing evidence showing the need to link veterans with existing services. Our own grant making experience also tells us that isolation can be an issue amongst Forces families, particularly when their serving member is away or they move to a new area.”

Your views are vital

As well as which groups of people you feel are most in need of funding support, your views of grant size and how those grants are made are also welcomed.

The consultation is live from 13 January until 6 March 2020. To take part, visit the Trust’s website www.covenantfund.org.uk/making-grants-for-local-projects-our-consultation/  

For more information about this consultation, a full guidance document is also available at the link above.

To find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, visit their website www.covenantfund.org.uk

ENDS

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.

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

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