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Community Covenant Grant Scheme is open for applications

The next round of the Community Covenant Grant Scheme is now open for applications for community projects in Herefordshire.

The Community Covenant Grant Scheme was set up in 2012 to support the Armed Forces Community Covenant, which is a voluntary statement of mutual support between civilian communities and the local Armed Forces community. The grant scheme is available to fund local projects which will strengthen relationships between members of the Armed Forces community and the wider community in which they live. All applications will need to:

  • Demonstrate a benefit to both the Armed Forces and the civilian community
  • Promote closer ties or a greater understanding of the military in the local community

In Herefordshire, we have identified seven key themes as a focus for partnership working: education; employment; health and wellbeing; housing; recognition, understanding and communication; community and leisure and culture.

The grant scheme considers applications for funding between £100 and £250,000. Partnership contributions are important and can come in different forms; this should be clearly set out in the application.

Examples of successful applications across the country that have received support include:

  • Community choir which includes military and non-military;
  • D-day Anniversary Peace Education Film which included a blog and website where veterans shared their experiences and the film was used in assemblies at schools;
  • Community play sessions which aim to bring families from military and non-military backgrounds together.

Herefordshire has also been successful in gaining funding for a project. Councillor Peter Sinclair-Knipe, chair of the Civil Military Task Group, explained: “I am pleased to report that we have been successful in securing an Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant in order to carry out a geophysical survey and dig in Herefordshire.

“This project has involved over 180 Herefordshire primary school children to date and members of the local community, working with the archaeologists in identifying, plotting and now digging the site of a substantial Roman dwelling. This project addresses a key aim of the covenant in terms of integrating the Armed Forces community with their local community, as many of the children involved were from service families. We hope that there are more successful county applications in the future.”

A funding application can be submitted by any part of the community, including volunteer groups, charities or public bodies, such as schools or statutory services. The deadline is Friday 29 August 2014.

To find out more and to view the Herefordshire Armed Forces Community Covenant, visit: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/community-covenant. For the grant scheme, please contact the council’s delegated grants team on 01432 260753 or delegatedgrants@herefordshire.gov.uk.

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