Application deadline: Friday 29 May 2020 at 12 noon.
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust COVID-19 Impact Fund is a new £6 million fund provided by the Ministry of Defence with the aim of ensuring that Armed Forces communities can continue to access important services, particularly where resources for these services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Grants can cover staff time, the cost of delivering the services online or remotely as a result of Covid-19 restrictions, and reasonable overheads that reflect the cost to the organisation of delivering this service. Projects should start by Saturday 1 August 2020 and grant expenditure should be completed by Saturday 31 October 2020.
UK charities and Community Interest Companies (CICs) should be working in one of the following key areas:
o Support to the elderly (including care homes).
o Mental and physical health.
o Domestic violence.
o Criminal Justice System.
o Service families (including childcare).
o Bereavement, and
Registered charities and Community Interest Companies that support the Armed Forces community may apply for a grant of up to £60,000. Exceptionally, grants up to £125,000 or more may be awarded. Matched funding is not essential.
Applicants must meet the following conditions:
1. The organisation is a full member of the Confederation of Service Charities (Cobseo).
2. The organisation states in its constitution or articles of association that it provides support to people from Armed Forces communities, and
3. The organisation has previously worked extensively with people from Armed Forces communities.
Funding is not available for (please note that other exclusions may apply):
o Where funding is not benefiting veterans or other people from the Armed Forces community.
o Making grants or donations of money to individuals or families.
o Topping up existing grants and aid from a government department.
o Where money only benefits one person. By this we mean where the whole project would only benefit one person.
o Paying for ongoing costs of existing partnership activity.
o Organisational fundraising activities.
o Endowments (to provide a source of income).
o Projects, activities or services that the state has a legal obligation to provide.
o Retrospective funding for projects that have already started or taken place (before the end of June 2020).
o Excessive management or professional fees or contingency costs.
o Where the organisation has resources from another Covid-19 emergency response grant fund for their service, or
o Any grant expenditure past 31 October 2020.
The application deadline is 12 noon on Friday 29 May 2020. Successful applicants are expected to be notified by Tuesday 30 June.
Contact details for the Fund are:
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust
7 Hatherley Street
(A phone number is not provided for the programme.)