Wiltshire launched its Armed Forces Community Covenant in August 2011. The Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local Armed Forces Community. The aim of the Community Covenant is to encourage local communities to support the Service community in their area and nurture understanding and awareness amongst the public of issues affecting the Armed Forces Community. Wiltshire’s Armed Forces Community Covenant cements the relationship between the Council, the Armed Forces, and other service providers across the public, private and voluntary sectors.
The grant scheme has been designed by the Ministry of Defence to fund initiatives and projects which support local community covenants. Successful applicants have demonstrated that their projects will promote integration and mutual understanding between the civilian and the Armed Forces communities. As well as this the MoD Community Covenant panel will look for projects to deliver tangible results with proof of evidence and, if possible, the number of beneficiaries both from the Armed Forces and civilian communities.
Since the grant scheme started, organisations in Wiltshire have successfully drawn down funding of almost half a million pounds. Organisations include: SWAN Advocacy, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Skilled for Health, Tidworth Royals Football Club, Circular Arts, Carer Support Wiltshire, Home Start Kennet & Home Start South Wilts, John Creasey Museum, Old Sarum Community Room, Lord Lieutenant’s Office, Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council, Heroes Helping Out, Lyneham Scout & Guide Association and Spurgeons.
All projects must be endorsed by Wiltshire’s Community Covenant panel. For more information about the scheme locally please visit Wiltshire Council’s website. The next deadline is likely to be Friday 3 May 2013. If you have any queries and would like some advice about a possible application then please contact the Communities and Voluntary Community Sector on firstname.lastname@example.org