The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has opened a £4 million programme to tackle Serious Stress in Veterans, their Carers and Families…

This new programme will provide funding for innovative and new ways of working to reduce serious stress in veterans, their carers and families by funding a small number of projects that will enable charities and health professionals to work together to develop and try new ideas that they have developed with veterans and their carers and families.

The full guidance and application questions for the programme are available here.

While interested organisations have until the end of the year to submit an application, with a programme closing date of 31st December 2018, the Trust has announced that through this programme they will make grants to Single Lead Organisations who will manage a portfolio.

The work within this portfolio will support the beneficiaries, who are veterans that are very unwell, their carers and their families. The Trust anticipates funding only around 5 of these portfolios: 2 in England, and one each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with grants in the region of £300,000- £700,000.

The challenge for organisations at this stage is to identify others that they could work with, either within the portfolio or in developing the bid as a single lead organisation. More information is available in the guidance, and the Trust is hosting a WhatsApp group for organisations interested in this programme to network. More information about this is available here.