Armed Forces Covenant Fund - Local Grants

Status: Open to applications


Grants are available for registered charities, community interest companies, local authorities, schools, and armed forces units with a UIN for projects in the UK that support the armed forces community and meet the Ministry of Defence's priorities.

Fund Value: £ 10,000,000
Maximum Value: £ 20,000

Value Notes

This Fund provides £10 million per year in grants.
Grants up to £20,000 are available for Community Integration and Local Delivery of Services.

Extended Desciption

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) established the £10 million Covenant Fund in August 2015 to support the armed forces community through the Armed Forces Covenant. This is an enduring fund.
For the first three years, the Covenant Fund was based within the Ministry of Defence, and in April 2018, following a decision that it should become independent, it moved to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.
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 Armed Forces Covenant is supported by the Community Covenant and the Corporate Covenant. The Community Covenant encourages local communities to support the Armed Forces community in their area and promote public understanding and awareness. The Corporate Covenant is a public pledge from businesses and other organisations who wish to demonstrate their support for the Armed Forces community.

Latest Informaiton 

The fund is open for applications to the Local Grants and Digital Development programme.
Applications submitted by midday:
  • 13 May 18 will be decided before the end of June 18.
  • 29 July 18 will be decided before the end of September 18.
  • 30 Sept 18 will be decided before the end of November 2018.
  • 17 Dec 18 will be decided before the end of February 2019.

Key Criteria

Applications will be accepted from:
  • Registered charities.
  • Local authorities.
  • Schools or other statutory organisations.
  • Community Interest Companies.
  • Armed Forces units with a UIN.
Applicants are expected to have experience and a track record of working with the Armed Forces Community, as well as a real understanding of the issues facing the Armed Forces Community. Applicants must work closely with their Local Partnerships to ensure that their project is properly connected locally, responds to recognised need and does not duplicate other provision.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for projects that respond to the local needs of the Armed Forces Community and improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant.
The funding priorities for April 2018 to March 2019 include:
  • Armed Forces Covenant: local grants and digital development
  • Armistice and Armed Forces Communities: supporting local communities to consider the Armed Forces Covenant and its relevance today in the context of the World War 1 commemorations
Further priorities will be announced later in 2018.
Under the Community Integration and Delivery of Local Services priority, projects will be considered 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.
The grants will pay for most of the things needed for the project whether it is people’s time, buying or hiring equipment, or minor improvements to land or buildings.
This is not a general fund for organisations to support their core activities simply by adding members of the armed forces community to their beneficiary group in order to apply for funding.



The following are not eligible for funding (this is not an exhaustive list as each priority has its own restrictions):
  • Individuals.
  • Unincorporated organisations which are not registered as charities.
  • Partnerships and social enterprises that are not registered charities or Community Interest Companies, though they can be part of a partnership.
  • A service that is or should be provided by others.
  • Projects that generate a profit, top-up an existing Grant-in-Aid or raise funds for the charitable sector.
  • Topping up existing grants and aids from another Government Department.
  • Where money only benefits one person.
  • Repeat or regular projects that require a source of uncommitted funding.
  • Investments.
  • Paying for ongoing costs of existing partnership activity.
  • Organisational fundraising activities.
  • Endowments (to provide a source of income).
  • Projects, activities or services that the state has a legal obligation to provide.
  • Retrospective funding for projects that have already taken place.
  • Excessive contingency costs; management or professional fees.
  • Capital schemes such as play parks.

Application Procedure

Guidance notes can be found on the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust website. Once groups have read the guidance notes they can apply online.
There is a single stage application process. Applications must be submitted online.
Groups who wish to discuss their project can send an email to the Grant Team.

Addresses and Contacts

Application forms may be available on their website.
Contact details:
Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust 
7 Hatherley Street