Brighton & Hove Armed Forces Community Covenant

Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Bronze Award

A community covenant represents a pledge of mutual support between a civilian community and its local armed forces community.

The aim of the armed forces community covenant is to:

  • encourage local communities to support the armed forces community
  • nurture public understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting the armed forces community
  • ensure that men, women and their families are not disadvantaged through serving or having served in the armed forces.

The Brighton & Hove Armed Forces Community Covenant was signed at a Full Council meeting on 31 January 2013, and a Civil Military Partnership Board was put in place.

Brighton and Hove City Council has received the Bronze award from the Armed Forces Covenant Recognition Scheme (ERS) in September 2017.

The board was established  to provide the necessary co-ordinating role for implementing the covenant. The board meets 3 times a year and membership consists of representatives from the Ministry of Defence (MoD), armed forces organisations and charities, local statutory and voluntary sector partners.

Brighton & Hove has been successful in bidding for grants under the Community Covenant Grant Scheme for the following projects:

  • Sussex Military Veterans Pathway to Independence, a pan Sussex project to map services for ex armed forces - £40,000. The Pathways project, joins up services for ex-armed forces across Sussex offered by public, private and voluntary organisations and includes information on employment; social care; rough sleeping, physical health, mental health and housing. The resources are available online and in hard copy by request to scdt.admin@nhs.net.
  • Chattri Memorial Trust, replacement of PA equipment - £750
  • Sussex Armed Forces Network, armed forces champion training including mental health awareness and design and implementation of complementary eLearning modules, two local awareness raising conferences - £18,500
  • Brighton & Hove Carers Centre, integrating the military community project - £750

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund

Local Grants

Grants for up to £20,000 for community integration and local delivery of services.

 For this and other funding opportunities under the Covenant Fund please go to the GOV.UK website

The guidance recommends that applicants work with Local Covenant Partnerships (Brighton & Hove Civil Military Board) to ensure that the projects the Ministry of Defence fund are well-connected and needed locally, and do not duplicate other provision.

Please contact diane.coe@brighton-hove.gov.uk on behalf of the Brighton & Hove Civil Military Partnership Board (the local covenant partnership) in good time to get the board’s input into your plans.

Please send either your draft application form or an email saying who your organisation is, what you want to do; who will benefit and who you are working with.

The board will not be assessing your project. We can help you develop your project or, if applicable, suggest an alternative source of funding that will be more appropriate for your project.

For more information and guidance please go to the GOV.UK website.

Heritage Lottery Fund grants - First World War then and now

Grants of up to £10,000 are available from the Heritage Lottery Fund for not-for-profit organisations to support community projects in the UK that explore, conserve and share the heritage of the First World War. Projects should enable communities to understand more about the heritage of the First World War and benefit a wide range of people. The fund will give priority to projects that help young people aged 11 to 25 years to take an active part in the centenary commemorations.

This is a continuous rolling programme. Visit the Heritage Lottery Fund website for more information.

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