The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has announced the awards made at the final round of the Armed Forces Covenant: Local Grants programme, which saw almost £700,000 awarded to 48 projects spanning the UK and even supporting those based in British Forces Cyprus…

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.

“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.”

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 way. 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.”

To view the latest Local Grants awards made by the Trust, visit their website