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Thursday 8th June 2023

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (the Trust) has announced the launch of their Transformational Grants programme for 2023/24.

What is the Transformational Grants programme?

This highly specialised programme is designed to support a small number of projects that will bring about systemic change for Armed Forces communities. That is, permanent and significant positive changes or improvements where there are currently hidden needs not being met within the community.

Prioritising prevention

Building on learning gained from last year’s applications and awards, this year, the Trust will prioritise those projects with a clear, preventative focus, and where there will be a sustained legacy, whether in embedded good practice, improved knowledge and evidence, or in some other defined way.

The Trust clarifies that the best applications under this programme will:

  • define a problem for a particular group of beneficiaries in the Armed Forces community
  • clearly show that this need is not being met
  • propose a new way of working or a new solution beyond that offered by any current provider, especially including a preventative approach.

What’s available?

Grants of up to £300,000 are available for projects up to five years in length.

An initial expression of interest stage is now open, and successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application later in the year.

The deadline for stage one expressions of interest is Monday 14 August 2023.

Sonia Howe, Director of Policy and Communications at the Trust, said:

“We were truly inspired by the projects supported last year under the Transformational Grants programme. Each of the projects addresses the difficult challenges faced by those within the Armed Forces community. This year, we expect this programme to once again be highly competitive. We want to see applications that focus on preventative measures and where the need for the proposed work is very clear. I encourage those wanting to apply to read the useful guidance on our website, including what we have previously funded under this programme.”

Find out more

You can find full details of the programme priorities and eligibility on the Trust’s website:

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