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The Covenant Fund

The Government has committed £10m a year to fund projects that support the aims and ambitions of the Armed Forces Covenant, and you can apply for some of these funds if your project meets one of the four priorities for 2017-18:

  1. Families in stress - Grants between £20,000 and £300,000 for programmes of work lasting between two and three years
  2. Local grants (previously community integration/delivery of local services) Grants up to £20,000 for community integration and local delivery of service
  3. Map of need (research and academic institutions only)
  4. Outcomes measurement framework (research and academic institutions only)


If you or your organisation would like to apply from the Families in Stress fund or the Local Grant, you are advised to contact your local covenant partnership. In Wiltshire, you can contact the partnership at mailto:corporatebusinesssupport@wiltshire.gov.uk. We will then work with you to develop your application and ensure it meets local need, as well as fulfilling the criteria.

Final applications will be reviewed and commented on by the Local Partnership, before a final decision on funding is made by the National Covenant Team.


Find out more information on how to apply

Government guidance documents


Look for:

  • Covenant Fund 2017/18: families in stress expression of interest form questions
  • Covenant Fund 2017/18: families in stress expression of interest guidance: summary


2017/18 Time table:

  • Open for expressions of interest -> 10 April 2017
  • Closing date for expressions of interest -> 26 June 2017
  • Expression of interest decisions communicated and invitations to stage two sent out by 21 August 2017
  • Deadline for stage two application -> 20 November 2017
  • Stage two decisions communicated by -> 1 March 2018



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Government guidance documents

Look for:

Covenant Fund 2017/18: local grants guidance
Covenant Fund 2017/18: local grants application form questions (updated 13 March 2017)


When to apply:

There are no deadlines and so you are welcome to submit your application at any time during 2017. The covenant funds decisions four times in every 12 month period so no one should have to wait more than 20 weeks for a decision – and in most cases it will be far sooner. If you have fixed dates for when your project must take place – such as commemorative occasions or school term times you will need to note the following:

  • Applications submitted before April will be decided before the end of May
  • Applications submitted before July will be decided before the end of August
  • Applications submitted before October will be decided before the end of November
  • Applications submitted before January will be decided before the end of February


(full details can be found in the Local Grants Guidance document.)


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Last updated: 19 May 2017 | Last reviewed: 19 May 2017