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Thursday, 30 July 2020

Armed Forces Covenant Fund grants available - Tackling Loneliness Programme

The Tackling Loneliness programme will address this challenge by targeting specific groups within the Armed Forces community who are traditionally harder to reach. Fixed, two-year grants of £70,000 are available. This programme seeks to target those within the Armed Forces community who traditionally don’t engage with available provision (eg local activities, NHS services or other third-sector provision they choose not to access). This might include one or more of the following groups of beneficiaries.

* Bereaved families
* Dual serving families
* Foreign and Commonwealth families including Gurkhas
* Older Service children aged 16-24 years
* Reservists and Reserve families
Serving families with young children, or who are new to Service life or who have family members with SEND
* Single serving parents
* Carers of veterans
* Veterans of any age and in particular, female veterans and older veterans
* LGBTQ+ Armed Forces community members
* Those who have suffered relationship breakdown

Serving families, veterans and veteran families that live in rural or remote locations Transitioning personnel and families (including any children). This list is not exhaustive but is designed to give an idea of the type of beneficiaries the Fund would expect projects to be supporting. Your project should also fit with at least one of the main themes of this programme.

* Building stronger social networks and friendships.
* Improving access to local activities and provision.
* Building emotional resilience to overcome the causes of loneliness.
* Empowering Armed Forces communities to become more independent.

This programme will make awards in a single round. You’ll need to submit your completed application by noon on Friday 9 October 2020. You’ll receive a decision on your application before the end of February 2021.
The online application portal is not yet open for this programme. However, in the meantime you can access further information including the application questions at: www.covenantfund.org.uk/programme/tackling-loneliness-programme/