Armed Forces Community Covenant

What is the Covenant and what does it mean?

The Armed Forces Covenant exists between the people of the UK and the Armed Forces and their families. It lays out the principles that should exist in the relationship between the Armed Forces and the rest of the Nation, including respect, support and fair treatment. It makes clear that no-one who has served should face disadvantage from their service and that in some cases should receive special consideration.

The Community Covenant stands alongside the Armed Forces Covenant and is a voluntary statement of mutual support between the people of Gloucestershire and the local Armed Forces community. Through its membership of the Community Covenant, Gloucestershire County Council has made a commitment to follow the same principles as the Armed Forces Covenant and to support our Armed Forces in the local area.

In following these commitments, the Council is involved in a number of areas to support the Armed Forces, their families and those who have served and help them to be a part of the wider community. Some of the ways we are doing this can be found on the other pages in this section.

Aims of the Covenant

  • Encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces community in their areas.
  • 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.
  • Promote understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting the Armed Forces community.
  • Recognise and remember the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community.
  • Encourage activities which help to integrate the Armed Forces community into local life.

Members of the Covenant

The County Council is joined in the Covenant by partners from the public and third sectors. To see a list of our Covenant partners and a copy of the Covenant please see the downloads section on the right hand side of this page.

The Council is also a member of the Community Covenant Champions Group that brings together many of these organisations to see how we can work together to best achieve the aims of the Armed Forces and Community Covenants.

The Covenant Champion for Gloucestershire County Council is Cllr Shaun Parsons: shaun.parsons@gloucestershire.gov.uk.

Joining the Covenant

We are always keen for new organisations to sign up to the Community Covenant as an important way of raising awareness and add to the support for our Armed Forces.

 There is also the Corporate Covenant for those businesses that wish to pledge their assistance.

For more information on signing the Covenant, or for any other questions, please contact Matthew Jenns at matthew.jenns@gloucestershire.gov.uk or on 01452 328519.

The new Covenant Fund launched in August 2015 and replaces the old Community Covenant Grant Scheme. It supports the Armed Forces Covenant by funding projects that address specific priorities, listed below. To find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant or how Gloucestershire County Council supports it through the Community Covenant : Armed Forces Community Covenant in Gloucestershire - 2014.

Categories of Funding.

The Covenant Fund has a total of £10 million each year to distribute across the country and funds are available in two categories, small and large.

  • Small grants cover applications for up to £20,000
  • Large grants cover applications from £20,001 up to £500,000

Funding Priorities.

The Covenant Fund can provide money to projects that meet its key criteria and addresses one of its chosen priorities. The three priorities up to April 2016 are:

  1. Community integration.
  2. The coordination and delivery of support to the Armed Forces community.
  3. Former service personnel in the criminal justice system.

Application Deadlines.

The closing dates for applications to the Covenant Fund are:

  Round 1 Round 2
Small grants 17 September 2015 17 December 2015
Large grants 24 September 2015 TBC

At time of writing, future rounds are to be announced in due course.

For more information on any part of the Fund including the key criteria or priorities, who can apply or to access an application form, please see the guidance notes available from the Central Covenant Team that can be accessed from the Related websites section at the right hand side of this page.

The page also contains contact details for the central Covenant Team, but to speak to somebody about the Covenant in Gloucestershire please email matthew.jenns@gloucestershire.gov.uk or phone 01452 328519.

 

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