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Welfare and financial support for armed forces

The Covenant Fund

The Covenant Fund has £10 million each year to support the Armed Forces Covenant by funding projects which address specific priorities. There are two funding routes:

  • small grants, for applications up to a maximum of £20,000 and
  • large grants, for applications of between £20,001 and £500,000

Guidance notes and information on the application process can be found here.

There are lots of organisations that provide further support to serving armed forces personnel, their families and veterans.

The Army Families Federation (AFF) is independent of the Army and offers confidential advice on a range of welfare issues including money matters and family life.

The MOD Army provides help on a range of welfare issues including deployment support for families, legal assistance and a dedicated Forcesline for confidential guidance.

The Naval Families Federation lists organisations and charities that can help with a range of welfare issues, including bereavement and disability needs.

The Royal Navy Community provides information to help serving personnel facing bullying, harassment or stress.

The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) provides information on social, family and financial issues to anyone that is currently serving or has ever served in the Army, Navy or RAF, and their families.

Veterans UK provides a range of services including a veterans advice helpline, a welfare service that will provide a dedicated caseworker to assist veterans and their families, and support to war pensioners and war widow(ers).

Sandwell Council benefits team offer financial help and support. You can check to see if you're eligible for any benefits.

The Royal British Legion provides support to people who are serving or who have served in the Armed Forces, their dependants and carers.

They also assist with obtaining immediate needs grants. Please contact them if you have any questions or if you are not sure if they can assist: Legion line is open 8am - 8pm, 7 days a week 0808 802 8080 (free from UK landlines and main mobile networks). Drop-in sessions are held every 2nd Thursday of the month from 10am to 4pm in the One Stop Shop, Oldbury Council House.