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New Funding to Reduce Social Isolation in Armed Forces Communities

11 August 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Fixed grants of £70,000 are available for projects lasting for two years.

The funding is for projects that tackle loneliness within specific groups of the Armed Forces community who traditionally do not engage with available provision.

Projects need to fit at least one of the following themes:

  • Building stronger social networks and friendships.

  • Improving access to local activities and provision.

  • Building emotional resilience to overcome the causes of loneliness.

  • Empowering Armed Forces communities to become more independent.

Projects could include bereaved families, dual serving families, Foreign and Commonwealth families including Gurkhas, single serving parents, carers of veterans as well as veterans of any age, and serving families with young children, or who are new to Service life or who have family members with SEND.

Projects that specifically work with any of the following will also be welcomed:

  • LGBTQ+ Armed Forces community members.

  • Those who have suffered relationship breakdown.

  • Serving families, veterans and veteran families that live in rural or remote locations.

  • Transitioning personnel and families (including any children).

Applications will be considered from established registered charities, community interest companies and Armed Forces units. Applicants should demonstrate that they have thought about the implications of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and taken this into account when designing and planning their project.

There will be one application round in 2020.

The deadline for applications is noon on 9 October 2020.

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For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust
    7 Hatherley Street
    SW1P 2QT
    Email: [email protected]


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