Short-term funding for Armed Forces charities that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fund Information
Funding body: Ministry of Defence
Maximum value: £ 60,000
Application deadline: 29/05/2020

Objectives of Fund
The £6 million Covid-19 Impact Programme is provided by the Ministry of Defence and administered by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.

The funding is intended to ensure that people from Armed Forces communities can keep accessing important services, where resources for these services have been impacted by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

Value Notes
There is a total of £6 million with grants of up to £60,000 available.

In exceptional circumstances, grants of up to £125,000 or more may be awarded.

Who Can Apply
Only registered charities and CICs that support the Armed Forces community can apply for funding.

This means that at least one of the following must apply:

  • The organisation is a full member of Cobseo.
  • The organisation states in its constitution or articles of association that it provides support to people from Armed Forces communities.
  • The organisation has previously worked extensively with people from Armed Forces communities.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • They must not be in receipt of other public sector Covid-19 funding (this does not include applications to the Trust’s Veterans Should Not Be Forgotten programme). They need to mention other Covid-19 related government funds that they are applying for.
  • They must have at least one year’s published accounts.
  • They must be able to show that their organisation’s income has been directly impacted by Covid-19.
  • They must be able to demonstrate a need to keep the services that they offer open, to help people from Armed Forces communities affected by Covid-19.

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Where funding is not benefiting veterans or other people from the Armed Forces community.
  • Making grants or donations of money to individuals or families.
  • Topping up existing grants and aid from a government department.
  • Where money only benefits one person. By this we mean where the whole project would only benefit one person.
  • 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 started or taken place (before the end of June 2020).
  • Excessive management or professional fees or contingency costs.
  • Where the organisation has resources from another Covid-19 emergency response grant fund for their service.
  • Any grant expenditure past 31 October 2020.
  • This is not an exhaustive list.

Eligible Expenditure
The funding is for charities across the UK working in one of nine key areas:

  • Support to the elderly (including care homes)
  • Mental and physical health
  • Welfare
  • Domestic violence
  • Housing
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Service families (including childcare)
  • Bereavement
  • Employment

It is likely that a grant award would include the following costs:

  • Staff time.
  • Costs of delivering the service online or remotely as a result of Covid-19 restrictions.
  • Reasonable overheads that reflect the cost to the organisation of delivering this service.
  • The funds should be for delivering services starting no later than 1 August 2020 and completing expenditure of your grant by 31 October 2020.

How To Apply
The deadline for applications is noon on 29 May 2020. Notification of decisions before the end of June 2020.

Guidance notes, FAQs, and the online application form are available on the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust’s website.

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