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The Community Covenant Grant Scheme

£10 million per annum is invested into the Covenant Fund to support the armed forces community.

  1. How to apply: guidance​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window
  2. Background information​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

Applying to the Covenant Fund

The timetable and funding priorities for April 2016 to March 2017 have now been agreed and are detailed below. Further information and guidance about the Covenant Fund’s priorities will be made available on the website​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window. This year there will be different eligibility rules and timescales for some of the priorities. These are listed below. It is important to read and understand these as we will not assess applications which are ineligible to apply to a particular priority.

The Covenant Reference Group has agreed 4 main priorities for 2016 to 2017:

  1. Veterans’ Gateway
  2. Families in Stress
  3. Improving local covenant delivery (for Local Authorities)
  4. Community integration / delivery of local services

Priorities 2, 3 and 4 will be reviewed in two years’ time. The timetable for 2017 to 2018 will be published in early 2017 but will be similar to the timetable for 2016 to 2017, detailed under each of the priorities.

Further information about each of the priorities, including who can apply, how to apply, and when, is contained within the document ‘Covenant Fund 2016 to 2017 priorities’ on the website.​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

Who can apply?

Bids can be submitted from volunteer groups, charities, public or private bodies.

Other information

Funding is limited, so will only be able to fund the very best projects. As this is an enduring fund, there will be plenty of opportunity to apply in the coming months and years if your project is not quite ready yet.

Contact us

If you have any questions, you can email If you are unsure whether your organisation or your project is likely to be funded, please contact the funders in the first instance before developing an application. 

  1. How to apply for a Covenant Fund grant on website​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window
  2. Covenant Fund: background information on website​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

Current and Recent Projects Funded by the Community Covenant Grant Scheme

To date, Cardiff has supported a number of successful applications with a combined value of over £400,000. A summary of the successful projects are provided below.

  • St Fagan’s National History Museum​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window  – a regional bid to develop an educational programme with local communities and also to display comprehensive interactive gallery of Armed Forces collections. 
  • Wales at WarExternal link opens in a new window  is a project by the University of WalesExternal link opens in a new window to develop a platform that will digitalise the names and histories on local war memorials and make them available to a new generation through smartphone apps. Although it is looking at a potentially national audience, the pilot is being launched in Cardiff as this is home to the National War Memorial in Cathays Park.  The Community Covenant provided the first year’s funding for the project.  The project is continuing via other sources of funding.
  • Coming HomeExternal link opens in a new window  is a project involving the Re-Live Group and ChapterExternal link opens in a new window will pilot a 12 month theatre-based programme, Coming Home, for ex-service personnel and their partners who are struggling with the transition to civilian life. Coming Home aims to enable ex-service personnel, both recently returned and those who have left the service in the past, to explore the barriers to transition in a supportive group environment. The project will culminate with a performance by ex-service personnel and their families, at the Chapter Arts Centre in May 2016.
  • ‘Information, Learning and Access Programme’ – This project, run by the Firing Line Museum based at Cardiff Castle, developed the content on the website to give further insight into the collections available at the museum. It also provided dedicated learning programmes for visitors to the museum through an oral history experience. To develop the audience, an outreach post engaged with hard-to-reach youngsters who would not typically interact with the museum.