The Armed Forces Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local armed forces community. It commits the borough to key principles, which are that service personnel, veterans and their families should:
- not be at a disadvantage when they try to access public services such as education, employment, housing, or health care
- be given special consideration where appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most, such as the injured and the bereaved
The Gateshead Armed Forces Community Covenant was signed on 26 January 2012, and the Council has remained committed to the principles. Councillor Stuart Green is our armed forces champion.
View the Gateshead Armed Forces Community Covenant (PDF)
The Covenant Fund has £10 million each year to support the Armed Forces Covenant by funding projects which address specific priorities. There are two routes for applications:
- small grants, for applications up to a maximum of £20,000
- large grants, for applications of between £20,001 and £500,000
The following three priorities have been set for the financial year 2015-16 and will be reviewed for 2016-17:
- Community integration (to create strong links between Armed Forces and civilian communities, improving perceptions, attitudes and understanding [mostly for local community projects]
- The coordination and delivery of support to the Armed Forces community (partnerships and portfolios work best) [mostly strategic solutions, applied through the large grants route]
- Former service personnel in the criminal justice system (person-centred service provision that is well-publicised, accessible, joined up and end-to-end; must not replace statutory support) [mostly strategic solutions, applied through the large grants route]
For further information visit the Gov.uk website.
We would be happy to assist any organisation interested in applying for the Covenant Fund.
If you would like further advice or guidance on preparing a covenant fund application, please email Linda Whitfield or call 0191 433 2836.