19 May 2020

​Defence Minister Johnny Mercer has announced extra funding to support frontline Armed Forces charities across the UK.

Serving personnel, veterans and their families will benefit from an additional £6 million of new funding to ensure they get the support they need during the coronavirus outbreak.

The sum is part of a package of support announced by the Chancellor in April to ensure charities can continue their vital work during the pandemic. It will be offered in addition to existing funding for Veteran’s mental health and the Armed Forces Covenant Trust.

The funding is now available to apply for and it will be distributed in the form of grants administered by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, backed by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Cabinet Office, and will be given to charities across the UK that work in nine key areas affected by the impact of the coronavirus. The nine key areas are:

  • Support to the elderly (including care homes)
  • Mental and physical health
  • Welfare
  • Domestic violence
  • Housing
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Service families (including childcare)
  • Bereavement
  • Employment

Visit the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust website for further details.

Small and medium sized charities can also bid for funding through the National Lottery Community fund, which has an allocation of £370 million to support the sector.

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