Armed Forces Community Covenant Grants - deadline 14 August 2014

Grants from £100 to £250,000 are available for projects that: "Strengthen the ties or the mutual understanding between members of the Armed Forces Community and the wider community in which they live, or provide or improve community-run facilities or services used by both communities."

To date, ten projects in Bradford district have been approved:

  • Support to Bradford’s Gurkha Community and an additional skills course for ex-forces personnel.
  • Choices: a multi-media exhibition and community engagement project.
  • Emergency accommodation for homeless young veterans in Calderdale and Bradford along with work to increase awareness of and respect for the work of the Armed Forces among young people.
  • A play scheme programme for children with input from serving Armed Forces personnel.
  • A history club, an opportunity to build and swap life skills and active citizens programme – all open to young people and supported by serving and ex-service members of the Armed Forces community.
  • Heating for a community based snooker club where ex-service personnel and civilians will be able to meet and enjoy a game together.
  • An Armed Forces themed sculpture trail.
  • Completing the restoration of the bandstand in Haworth to support promoting the village as a forces-friendly place.
  • A film depicting Bradford's Armed Forces past and present.
  • Raising awareness of opportunities available in the Armed Forces to young people in Manningham.

Advice from the funder

"Matched funding is considered essential to the application and this can be in kind as long as the full monetary value is noted on the application form.  Funding is for time limited initiatives – projects with ongoing costs must demonstrate how they will be sustained when the grant monies are spent."

"Submissions will have an advantage where, as well as meeting the MOD criteria, applicants can also demonstrate that:

  • "There is an existing relationship with, or contact has been made with, and support given for the application from any armed forces organisations the project intends to work with 
  • "The project supports one or more of the outcomes as outlined in the Bradford Community Strategy 2011-2014."

"Whilst funding of £100 up to a maximum of £250,000 is available for approved projects, please be mindful that the Regional MOD Panel will split their yearly allocation into three parts to ensure funds are available for each funding round.

"This means that it is unlikely that a grant of £250,000 will be awarded to any one application. Also, any applications approved by the Regional MOD Panel for £70,000 or more will also need to gain the approval of a national MOD Panel"

Application process

Please read the grant scheme criteria before applying.

Applications endorsed by the Bradford District Armed Forces Community Covenant Partnership will then be submitted to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) for a final decision.

Application forms should be returned preferably by email to

Alternatively, you can post your application to

Helen Johnston, Bradford District Armed Forces Community Covenant Partnership , Bradford Council, 5th Floor, Jacob’s Well, Bradford BD1 5RW


For advice or assistance please contact either:

Helen Johnston for further information about the Bradford District Armed Forces Community Covenant and partnership: or 01274 434401. Please note, Helen will be away from the office from the 25 July to 11 August 2014.

or Tony Sheeky for further information about completing the application form or 01274 433559.

Further deadline in 2014

The current deadline for applications is 14 August 2014 (12 noon). 

After this date, the following deadline is:

  • 5 December

Useful links

MOD Armed Forces Covenant

MOD Community Covenant

MOD Grant scheme criteria

Bradford District Community Covenant


Published: 09/07/2014
Audience: Schools
Contact: Helen Johnston

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