Our Commitment to the Armed Forces
Erewash Borough Council has signed up to the community covenant and Councillor John Sewell is our Armed Forces Covenant 'Champion', making sure we achieve our commitment to serving personnel, veterans, their families and the bereaved.
Many local organisations and branches of national organisations offer support for members of the armed forces community. For more information about the support Erewash Borough Council is also providing please read their commitment to the Armed Forces.
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust
The Trust makes grants to support the Armed Forces Community and manages the grant programmes funded by the Covenant Fund. More information can be found on their website.
Funding to support Armed Forces charities doing vital work during COVID-19 pandemic
Defence Minister Johnny Mercer has announced extra funding to support frontline Armed Forces charities across the UK.
Serving personnel, Veterans and their families will benefit from an additional £6 million of new funding to ensure they get the support they need during the coronavirus outbreak.
The sum is part of a package of support announced by the Chancellor in April to ensure charities can continue their vital work during the pandemic. It will be offered in addition to existing funding for Veteran’s mental health and the Armed Forces Covenant Trust.
The funding is now available to apply for and it will be distributed in the form of grants administered by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, backed by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Cabinet Office, and will be given to charities across the UK that work in nine key areas affected by the impact of the coronavirus. The nine key areas are:
- Support to the elderly (including care homes)
- Mental and physical health
- Domestic violence
- Criminal Justice System
- Service families (including childcare)
Further details can be found on the Emergency Funding page of the Covenant Funding Trust website.
Small and medium sized charities can also bid for funding through the National Lottery Community Fund, which has an allocation of £370-million to support organisations at the heart of communities which are making a difference during the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, projects such as those delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial advice.
Government fulfils promise to veterans with new railcard
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced military veterans will get cut-price train travel to help boost their job prospects and bring them closer to family and friends when a new railcard goes on sale from Armistice Day 2020. The railcard will extend discounted train travel to the more than 830,000 veterans not covered by existing discounts.
More information is available on the Office for Veterans Affairs page of the UK government's website.