Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils have signed the Suffolk Armed Forces Community Covenant.
The aims of the covenant include:
To encourage local communities to support the armed forces community in their areas and to nurture public understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting the armed forces community
To recognise and remember the sacrifices made by the armed forces community
To encourage activities which help to integrate the armed forces community into local life
To encourage the armed forces community to help and support the wider community, whether through participation in events and joint projects, or other forms of engagement
The covenant also aims to reduce any disadvantage military personnel face due to their service in the military.
If you would like more information in relation to the Covenant please contact the Communities Team.
The Armed Forces Covenant is an agreement between the nation, Government and Armed Forces that recognises the whole nation has a moral obligation to current and former members of the armed forces and their families and sets out how they should expect to be treated. The Armed Forces Covenant Fund was established by the Ministry of Defence in 2015 to support this objective and became an independent trust this year. It is an enduring fund with £10 million available each year to support projects that address specific priorities.
Grants of up to £20,000 are available for projects that respond to the local needs of the armed forces community and improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant, and that:
Help integrate armed forces and civilian communities across the UK, and/or
Deliver valuable local services to the Armed Forces community.
Proposed projects must identify one of the following as their main focus:
Health and wellbeing
Education and employability
Events and commemorations
Registered charities, community interest companies, local authorities, schools, and Armed Forces units with a UIN (Unit Identification Number) can apply as long as they:
Have experience and a track record of working with the Armed Forces Community, as well as a real understanding of the issues facing the Armed Forces Community.
Can provide evidence of real engagement and partnership working - with either an Armed Forces charity or an Armed Forces unit.
Applicants must be willing to work closely with their Local Covenant Partnerships to ensure that their project is properly connected locally, responds to recognised need and does not duplicate other provisions.
Applicants who are successful with their Local Grants application may also be able to benefit from the Covenant Fund’s Digital Development Programme.
Local Grants Programme applications are assessed four times per year. More details on how to apply can be found on the Government's website.