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The Covenant Fund

The Covenant Fund is a National fund administer through the Ministry of Defence (MOD).  The Covenant Fund's budget is £10 million every year.  

This page contains a summary of the rules published by the Ministry of Defence.  For full guidance on eligibility, how to apply, terms and conditions, and priorities please visit The Covenant Fund webpages.  

To be considered, projects must 'have a real impact in the specific areas of need' which the Ministry of Defence sets out under the priorities for each funding round.

 

The following four priorities have been set for the financial year 2017-18, and will be reviewed for 2018-19

Covenant Fund priority: families in stress 

  • To fund projects that 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.  These life events could include: life-changing injury, bereavement, domestic abuse, relationship break-up, those subject to the civil
    or service justice system or mental health issues.
  • Only applications from the following types of organisations who must demonstrate that they work in close partnership with an armed forces base will be accepted
    • a local charity (or branch of a national charity), or
    • a Community Interest Company that provides specialist services
  • Expression of interest for the current round of funding for this priority is open until noon on 26 June 2017
  • Grant awards available for projects up to £300,000

Covenant Fund priority: strengthening Local Government Delivery of the Covenant

  • Applications must be from a lead local authority on behalf of a cluster of local authorities, which must be working in close partnership with the military communities in their area(s), for some of all of the following 3 strands of activity:
    • Proposals for projects or initiatives which will establish and share best practice in delivering the Covenant
    • Proposals to kick start or pilot new drop-in information centres or ‘one-stop-shop’ venues where any member of the wider ‘military family’ can visit to get information or advice.
    • Request for support to benefit from dedicated Covenant focussed media and communications training and advice
  • Only applications from Local Authorities working in clusters will be accepted
  • There are two application deadlines 2nd October 2017 and 27th November 2017.
  • Grant awards available for projects from £20,000 - £500,000 

Covenant Fund priority: community integration / local service delivery

  • Objectives - to fund projects that respond to the local needs of the Armed Forces Community and improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant, and that:
    • help integrate Armed Forces and civilian communities across the UK, and/or
    • deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community
  • Eligibility - only applications from the following types of organisations will be accepted
    • a statutory body, 
    • a registered community interest company (CIC), 
    • a registered charity, or 
    • an armed forces unit with an Unit Identification Number (UIN)
  • NB Expressions of interest - The Covenant Fund advise that expressions of interest are endorsed by the your Local Covenant Partnership Lead Organisation.  For endorsement of funding applications in the Borough of St.Helens please complete the St.Helens Covenant Partnership Small Grant Endorsement Request Form and email to Simon Cousins, Armed Forces Covenant Support Officer using simoncousins@sthelens.gov.uk. Please mark your emails "St.Helens Covenant Partnership Small Grant Endorsement Request"
  • There are two application rounds this year.  Please see deadlines in the table below
  • Grant awards available for projects up to £20,000
  • Further guidance on Local Covenant Partnership Endorsement of Small Grant Applications can be found in the Process for St.Helens Covenant Partnership endorsement of Covenant Fund small grants applications document

There is a two stage application process for each priority

At stage one - the expression of interest - the main assessment criteria are:

  • how well the project addresses the priority
  • how it will meet the specific requirements of that priority
  • how well the applicant is connected with an Armed Forces base
  • engagement, partnership working and collaboration
  • how well targeted the project is
  • NB Covenant Fund submissions are encouraged to seek endorsement by your Local Covenant Partnership. For endorsement of funding applications in the Borough of St.Helens please complete the St.Helens Covenant Partnership Small Grant Endorsement Request Form and email to Simon Cousins, Armed Forces Covenant Support Officer using simoncousins@sthelens.gov.uk. Please mark your emails "St.Helens Covenant Partnership Endorsement Request"
  • Further guidance on Local Covenant Partnership can be found in the Process for St.Helens Covenant Partnership endorsement of Covenant Fund small grants applications document

If your project is judged by the Covenant Fund to have potential, you will be invited to complete a full application form.  This is stage two.

At stage two - the full application - the main assessment criteria are:

  • how well the project is likely to be delivered
  • to what extent the project represents value for money
  • to what extent we can have confidence that the project will have lasting impact, delivering changes that last beyond the funding period

The Covenant Fund: Guidance on how to apply and link to online Application Forms