• MOD Community Covenant Grant Scheme (UK)

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has announced the next closing date for applications to its Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme is the 20th September 2013. Under the scheme grants ranging from £100 to £250,000 are available for projects and activities that bring together the Armed Forces and the wider community where the Forces have a presence. An application for funding can be submitted by any part of the community; this might include volunteer groups, charities, public bodies such as schools, and so on. Examples of projects funded include Tidworth Royals Football Club which received £28,000 to enable the club to provide new equipment as it moves to new grounds and £2,000 to a community involvement programme to reach out to isolated women in Salisbury Plain….

Recently funded projects
• Plans to replace the Scout and Guide headquarters in Bedale, North Yorkshire, with a new building that can be used by community groups with £159,000 of funding
•  Play area for the Little Rascals Crèche in the Vale of Glamorgan received £32,888
• Tidworth Royals Football Club receives £28,000 to enable the club to provide new    equipment as it moves to new grounds
• Calshot Activity Centre received £27,000 to provide highly subsidised places for service children on residential sailing and adventure weeks during school holidays
• A garden office for a community link project in Aldershot received £22,000
• Proposals to run activity days at five armed forces bases in Oxfordshire received £15,000
• Ashcroft Arts Centre received £18,640 towards a film project involving local schools exploring the lives of servicemen and women
• £10,000 given to Royal Wootton Bassett for the town’s civic event to commemorate its new Royal status
• Children in Gloucestershire will benefit from £9,880 to fund places on ‘Go Ape’ children’s assault courses, supported by the 1st Battalion The Rifles
• £7,000 given to the Swan Forces project in Wiltshire to develop services to prevent social exclusion among ex-service personnel and their families
• £6,000 provided to help Gurkhas in Eastleigh to learn English and integrate with the local community
• £1,000 provided to buy equipment in Mere, Wiltshire, to help clear snow from the homes of the elderly and disabled
• £800 will help to fund a scheme in Southampton to promote and support the armed forces among the Asian community in the town

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