Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Force for Change programme

Grants of up to £20,000 are available for projects supporting Armed Forces communities to become less isolated and engage more in their local area. The two rounds of funding this year will support local Armed Forces communities as they address the needs that have arisen because of Covid-19. 



To be eligible to apply, the applicant organisation must be:

  • An established registered charity or Community Interest Company (CIC) with substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities

  • An Armed Forces unit or base

  • A local authority

  • A school


The Trust will fund a wide range of projects under this programme. However, applicants must be able to show that their project fits under one of these two main themes.

  • Empowering Armed Forces communities to become more engaged in their local area.

  • Providing opportunities for isolated members of the Armed Forces community to take part in activities that improve general wellbeing.


This year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Trust will be particularly welcoming applications for projects that help Armed Forces communities move to the ‘new normal’ while continuing to support local needs and reduce isolation. There will be a focus on ensuring volunteers can carry out local projects, including supporting projects that:

  • give volunteers the resources they need to support more vulnerable members of the Armed Forces community

  • use volunteers to build on the work of the Veterans Should Not Be Forgotten and Forces Communities Together programmes

  • involve volunteers to help reduce isolation locally

  • offer digital support, using volunteers to work with people from Armed Forces communities to build their digital skills.


There will be two funding rounds: -

First closing date – noon 11 September 2020.

Second closing date – noon 30 November 2020.

Please find more information here:

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