Support for armed forces during Covid-19
There is a range of support available for armed forces communities during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund is focusing on three major themes this year.
- Providing emergency help for forces communities affected by Covid-19
- Supporting veterans’ health and wellbeing
- Funding projects that support armed forces communities, in the communities where they live
The Forces Communities Together programme
Grants of up to £10,000 are available for six-month projects that seek to bring some joy to those affected by limited contact, or who can't access local services.
Projects must be able to take place while social restrictions are ongoing.
Get the full details and apply via the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund website.
Applications close 30 June 2020.
Other funding opportunities
Veterans Should Not Be Forgotten programme – this is supporting veterans who are isolated and unable to access services and those who have limited social contact with others during the pandemic. More than £2 million has been awarded to 119 projects.
The Covid-19 Impact Programme
The Covid-19 Impact Programme is to ensure that people from armed forces communities can keep accessing important services, where resources for these services have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Applications for £6 million of funding, available to armed forces charities and CICs supporting serving personnel, veterans and their families affected by Covid-19, have now closed.
Force for Change
A new, local grants programme awarding one-year grants of up to £20,000 for projects that seek to promote social inclusion and support Forces communities to become less isolated.
This new, large grant programme will award two-year fixed grants of £70,000 to projects that seek to tackle loneliness and isolation within Armed Forces communities.
Veterans UK is working hard to protect both its staff and veterans during the Covid-19 pandemic, but they're very much still open for business.
Because its staff are having to work from home, there are some service changes.
Go to the Veterans UK website for details of changes.
Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion is working hard to ensure our vital services and support remain available to the armed forces community.
Go to the Royal British Legion website for full details of services, changes and support available.
VE Day 75
- Sandwell Council marked the 75th anniversary of VE Day with a variety of online and ‘stay at home’ activities.
- Watch our Raise A Cuppa to Second World War heroes video