Covenant fund

The Armed Forces Covenant sets out the relationship between the nation, the government and the armed forces. It recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to current and former members of the armed forces and their families, and it sets out how they should expect to be treated.

The Covenant Fund has £10 million each year to support the Armed Forces Covenant by funding projects which address specific priorities.

The funding priorities to March 2018 include:

• Families in stress - grants up to £100,000 or more to projects that support families of serving personnel who are experiencing a significant stressful life event and would benefit from an intervention from a provider who can offer specialised, localised (or easily accessible) and immediate support.

• Local grants - grants up to £20,000 for projects that respond to the local needs of the Armed Forces Community and improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant, and that either help integrate Armed Forces and civilian communities, and/or deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community.

For further information see https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/covenant-fund

The MOD strongly recommends that all applicants approach the local Covenant Partnership for the area in which the project is to be delivered, at the earliest possible stage and well before an application is submitted. The MOD works with local Covenant Partnerships to ensure that the projects are well-connected and needed locally, and do not duplicate other provision. Local Covenant Partnerships can help potential applicants to develop their project and be able to suggest alternative sources of funding that will be more appropriate.

For North Yorkshire the key contacts for the local Covenant Partnership are Mark Logie 4X-MCI-SO1@MOD.UK and Neil Irving neil.irving@northyorks.gov.uk.