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The Armed Forces Covenant sets out the relationship between the nation, the government and the armed forces. It recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to current and former members of the armed forces and their families, and it sets out how they should expect to be treated.

The Armed Forces Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local armed forces community (including veterans). It encourages local communities to support the service community in their area.

In March 2012, Portsmouth signed an Armed Forces Community Covenant.

The Covenant was signed by the leader of Portsmouth City Council, the Commodore of HM Naval Base Portsmouth, the Commander of 145 South Brigade, and the Head of RAF recruiting, as well as representatives of armed forces welfare organisations and armed forces families.

An Armed Forces Covenant Partnership Board meets regularly to explore how local services can work together to meet the aims of the Community Covenant.

To find out more about this work, please email us.

Armed Forces Community Covenant Grants 2016/17

The funding priorities for April 2016 to March 2017 have now been agreed and Priorities 1, 2 and 4 are now open for applications. Priority 3 will open in late July 2016.

  • Priority 1: Veterans’ Gateway
  • Priority 2: Families in stress
  • Priority 3: Improving local covenant delivery (for local authorities)
  • Priority 4: Community integration / delivery of local services

Thank you for your interest in the Covenant Fund. The funding priorities for April 2017 to March 2018 are:

  • families in stress
  • strengthening local government delivery of the covenant
  • Armed Forces Covenant: local grants
  • a single grant to produce a map of need for the Covenant Fund
  • a single grant to produce an outcomes framework for the Covenant Fund
  • a single grant for the provision of a digital support programme for the Covenant Fund

For more information access the gov.uk website

Families in stress

Now open for expressions of interest. Apply using this online application form.

Strengthening local government delivery of the covenant

Applications will reopen in June 2017. Updated guidance will follow.

Armed Forces Covenant: local grants

Applications for grants up to £20,000 are now being accepted. Apply using this online application form.

Find more information about this funding programme

Provision of a Digital Support Programme for the Covenant Fund

Calling for letters of interest. Find more information about this funding programme

You are welcome to submit your application at any time during 2017. We will be making decisions four times in every 12 month period so no one should have to wait more than 20 weeks for a decision – and in most cases it will be far sooner. If you have fixed dates for when your project must take place – such as commemorative occasions or school term times you will need to note the following:

Applications submitted by 2 April will be decided before the end of May

Applications submitted by 6 July will be decided before the end of August

Applications submitted by 5 October will be decided before the end of November

Applications submitted by 4 January will be decided before the end of February

If you have any queries about this, or would like any further information, please email email us

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