Large, Strategic Grants from Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (UK wide)

Funding to support targeted approaches which address complex needs within Armed Forces communities.

The Reaching and Supporting Armed Forces Communities Fund has reopened for 2023, with a focus on delivering real change among vulnerable Armed Forces communities who are most impacted by cost-of-living challenges.

This year, grants of up to £100,000 over two or three years are available. Projects taking place over one year may be eligible for grants of up to £50,000, though applicants must be able to demonstrate how their project would achieve a significant impact within this shorter timeframe.

In exceptional circumstances, the Trust may consider making enhanced grants of up to £150,000. In this case, core projects must be able to be delivered in £100,000 or less, and an additional £50,000 should be requested for additional work.

The Fund is open to UK charities and Community Interest Companies (CICs) that have been registered for at least three years, and UK Armed Forces units.

Projects should support serving personnel and/or their families or veterans and their families. Funded work must take a specialist, rather than generalist, approach. This could mean supporting a defined group with its own defined needs (such those with mental or physical health needs or members of the LGBT+ community) or addressing a challenging and pressing need within Armed Forces communities.

Funding can cover most costs associated with delivering a project or activity.

Due to inflationary pressures and the impacts of cost-of-living crisis, the funders will also consider applications that include a reasonable contribution to core/overhead costs.

The first deadline to apply is 5pm on 3 July 2023.

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)