We’re committed to supporting the local armed forces community including personnel (both in and ex-service), veterans, their families and widow(ers).
What is the Northumberland Armed Forces Forum?
We set up the Northumberland Armed Forces Forum to develop links between the council, the armed forces and relevant partners.
Forum members include:
- Dave Ledger - chairperson and armed forces champion
- Col A N Hadfield 4th Infantry Brigade - co-chairperson and serving officer for Northumberland
- Terry Johnstone - vice chair of the armed forces forum and veterans' champion
- Jackie Roll - lead officer for armed forces support and democratic services manager
Telephone: 01670 622603
What is the community covenant grant scheme?
The government and Ministry of Defence launched their covenant fund in August 2015.
The fund will have £10 million every year, and this year they’re prioritising:
- community integration projects
- the coordination and delivery of support to the armed forces community
- projects which address issues facing veterans in the criminal justice system
There will be two application routes with differing deadlines:
Click here to find out more about the covenant fund.
Who can apply?
- small grants for projects requiring up to £20,000
- large grants for projects requiring between £20,001 and £500,000
The lead organisation on the application needs to be either a registered charity or a statutory body, such as a local authority. If the application is not led by an armed forces charity, it must have an armed forces charity as a key partner. Other types of organisation can be partners in applications.
How to apply via Northumberland Armed Forces Forum
Part of our forum’s role is to vet local applications for the community covenant grant scheme before they are submitted to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) for approval.
If you would like to apply for the covenant fund, you can get in touch via:
- lead officer for armed forces support and democratic services manager
We’d be happy to discuss whether we can help with your application in any way.
What is the Northumberland community covenant?
The Northumberland Armed Forces community covenant is a signed voluntary statement of mutual support between the council and representatives from the armed forces.
It’s a public promise of support from the people of Northumberland, aimed at the local armed forces community, which includes members of the armed forces - both past and present - their families and widow(er)s.
The covenant aims to:
- encourage local communities to support the armed forces community in their areas, and vice versa
- 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