Date: Wednesday March 4, 2020 at 1:19pm
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (the
Trust) has announced the awards made at the final round of the Armed Forces
Covenant: Local Grants programme.
Almost £700,000 has been awarded
in this round, to 48 projects, spanning the UK and even supporting
those based in British Forces Cyprus.
Supporting the community in different
A whole range of projects have
received funding including gardening projects, community hubs, education
support, intervention projects, and exploring our military history.
Melloney Poole, Chief Executive for the Trust
said: “Over the past five years, more than 700 awards have been made,
supporting community integration and local delivery of services to our Armed
Forces community. This latest round of funding was popular as ever, and we are
delighted to have been able to support projects across the whole of the UK with
a funding boost of up to £20,000 each. With our Local
Grants consultation we’re currently considering what comes next for
local Covenant grant funding and we’re excited to bring a new programme to the
community later this year.”
Awarding great projects
The Veterans’ Living History museum were
awarded £19,634 to allow them to extend their project, educating people
about British and Commonwealth military history in a fun and interactive
Wayne Hester from the museum said: “The Armed Forces Covenant Fund will help us in a massive
way to move forward and become one of the most unique mobile museums across the
North West and widen our area to other organisations and events. With this
funding, we will be purchasing a military vehicle and trailer to help us on our
journey, plus new artefacts and uniforms.”
The University of South Wales received £14,382
to lead the formation of a Wales-based hub, in partnership with SSCE Cymru
and the SCiP Alliance, to engage with and provide support for the
educational progression of Service children and their families.
Dr Ross Hall from the University said: “It is
great to be trusted with Covenant funding to support our Wales-based Service
children in this new venture. We are really looking forward to establishing key
relationships and helping to assist Service children in their educational
development, throughout their lifespan.
We aim to widen participation from an
under-represented population within the UK HE sector, by demystifying
people’s understanding of Further and Higher Education and who can benefit from
completing awards across the academic spectrum.
USW already have a recognition of prior
learning scheme for serving and ex-Forces, and we plan to widen this
to spouses to show our commitment to the wider Forces community.”
Find out more
To view the latest Local Grants awards made by
the Trust, visit their website, www.covenantfund.org.uk