Hampshire County Council helping communities bid for Armed Forces funding

A school club set up to support children who have a parent away on military service; a fitness programme to help pupils and the wider community lead a more active lifestyle; and a car garage supporting ex-forces veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder through training

Jun 28 2019

These projects have all been made possible with support from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund and Hampshire County Council.
The County Council provides regular workshops for community organisations to help them in applying for Armed Forces Covenant funding. The £10m a year Covenant Fund aims to help integrate Armed Forces and civilian communities nationally, as well as to deliver valuable local community services.
Councillor Andrew Joy, Hampshire County Council’s Armed Forces Champion and Executive Member for Communities, Partnerships and External Affairs, said: “The County Council has proudly supported Hampshire’s Armed Forces communities for many years and was one of the first local authorities to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and establish a strategic Civilian Military Partnership. These workshops are helping communities access Covenant funding and illustrate our commitment to bring military and civilian communities closer together in Hampshire.”
During May this year, over sixty people from schools, Armed Forces units, the charity sector, and the NHS, attended workshops in Aldershot, Gosport and Winchester to hear from projects that have been successfully awarded funding by the Covenant Fund – and share insights into the application process, planning and delivery of their projects.
More workshops are scheduled for August, September and October, full details are on the Armed Forces pages


Hampshire-based projects which have secured Covenant funding after attending a workshop include:
  • Joining Forces for Families – run by Citizens Advice Hart, Rushmoor and Portsmouth - provides specially trained assessors to support serving personnel and their families in dealing with a variety of issues. 
  • Fun Fitness at Rowner - Rowner Junior School is striving to encourage pupils and the wider community to participate in a more active lifestyle which will help both physical and mental wellbeing. A quarter of the pupils at the school are from serving families.
  • Forces Re-engineered - a car garage that trains injured veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to become qualified motor vehicle technicians. Flyer and Friends Buryfields Infant School - a scheme for pupils with a parent away which provides social support for service parents and families.
Lauren English, Headteacher at Buryfields Infant school said: “We found the workshop very useful in helping to sharpen our ideas regarding what we could apply for. It was particularly great to hear from other successful groups about the wide range of projects that had secured funding for their service families.”
In addition to the workshops, the County Council has developed several projects and policies to support its Armed Forces community. These include developing a mentoring scheme to support people to transition from the Armed Forces into civilian life, and an app for the Armed Forces community signposting support and assistance they might need. Applications to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund (local grants) can be submitted at any time, with decisions being made four times in every 12 month period. 
The next deadline for applications is 9 September 2019, apply via the Covenant Fund website.