Groups encouraged to bid for government funding for schemes bringing military and civilian communities together

Groups encouraged to bid for government funding for schemes bringing military and civilian communities together

Wiltshire groups with innovative ideas on how to bring military and civilian communities together are being encouraged to bid for government funding.

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund provides financial backing for projects including those designed to cement stronger ties and mutual understanding between members of the armed forces and the wider community in which they live. More information on the current priorities is available via the link below.

Last year Wiltshire groups successfully bid for more than £140,000 worth of funding for a number of diverse projects. They included a £20,000 grant for a military coaching academy with the Bath Rugby Foundation and £15,000 to Wessex Community Circus CIC – to establish an activities club for 10 – 18 year olds.

This year one of the key strands again is local grants of up to £20,000 for community integration and delivery of local services.
Draft funding application forms can be emailed to Wiltshire Council officers who will provide guidance and support for the groups bidding for up to £20,000 each.
Jonathon Seed, chair of the Wiltshire Local Covenant Partnership and Wiltshire Council cabinet member said: “Wiltshire is preparing to welcome 4,000 service personnel and their families into the county by 2019 as part of the Army Basing Programme. This increased military presence will bring many benefits and it will become more important than ever to ensure good relations between civilian and military communities.

“The best ideas come from the communities themselves and we’d encourage groups to bid for this funding and help promote positive relations between the military and civilians. I would also encourage local groups working with business and veterans or relocated spouses to share their ideas with us so we can provide the advice and support to prepare their bid for the next round of funding.”

Applications for the next round of funding open in mid-February and applicants are encouraged to contact Wiltshire Council for guidance and support before submitting a bid.
More information on the fund is available on the MOD website including guidance on how to apply and application forms.

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