The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has launched a new, open consultation to discover how those within and with the Armed Forces community feel funding could be best used to support them…

The consultation comes ahead of the re-launch of the Armed Forces Covenant: Local Grants programme, which has successfully supported hundreds of local projects over the last five years, strengthening the Armed Forces community both in terms of integration and delivery of local services.

By seeking valuable feedback as part of this eight-week consultation, the Trust will shape a new programme, based on the needs and priorities identified at a local level, and will use the evidence gathered to inform their overall priority for 2020 of Integration and Engagement.

The Trust’s Director of Policy, Sonia Howe, explains: “Research tells us that isolation and loneliness is affecting both young and old, with increasing evidence showing the need to link veterans with existing services. Our own grant making experience also tells us that isolation can be an issue amongst Forces families, particularly when their serving member is away or they move to a new area.”

As well as which groups of people you feel are most in need of funding support, your views of grant size and how those grants are made are also welcomed.

The consultation is live until 6th March 2020. To take part, visit the Trust’s website. For more information about this consultation, a full guidance document is also available at the link above. To find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, visit their website.