Milton Keynes Armed Forces Covenant

Milton Keynes Council supports the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant and agreed that the Council should sign an Armed Forces Community Covenant.

Armed Forces Covenant – Learn more …..

The Armed Forces Covenant website provides a wealth of information for a range of audiences including information on support and advice, how you can get involved and the latest news and information on events.

Useful documents

Covenant Annual Report    

Covenant Annual Report Summary

Covenant Annual Report Summary in numbers

Grant Funding available now!

Do you have a project that will target and engage the armed forces community? 

The Government announced a £10m scheme which will fund projects that support the Armed Forces Covenant or Covenant related activity. 

The Covenant Fund was launched in 2015 replacing all other grant and funding initiatives in support of the Covenant.  From 1 April 2018 the Covenant Fund moved to an independent trust. If you would like to find out more about the previous grants awarded or the work of the trust please visit the website.

The funding priorities for April 2018 to March 2019 include:

  • Armed Forces Covenant: local grants and digital development
  • Armistice and Armed Forces Communities: supporting local communities to consider the Armed Forces Covenant and its relevance today in the context of the World War 1 commemorations

Further priorities will be announced in the coming months

You can now make applications to the Local Grants and Digital Development programme. Please read the background information and Guidance Notes before making your application. You can find these here.

Please use the online application form to apply. Please note that applications can only be made via this online link.

The funding available is limited so will only be awarded to the best projects.  This is a long term fund so if your project is not yet ready you can apply in coming months and years. You can check if the project is likely to be funded by contacting:  

Fund for Veterans’ Community Centres Launched

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has launched a £3M funding programme to fund renovations and improvements to veterans’ community centres.
Grants of up to £30,000 are available. A small number of grants of up to £150,000 will be made to more complex projects.

The Veterans’ Community Centres Programme is a specialist pot of funding. Applicants must be Armed Forces charities with an existing building that requires refurbishment.

Funds available for charities and CIC’s to improve and renovate community centres/properties used by the veteran community. Applications for the first round of funding need to be in by 11 March 2019.

£10M Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced £10M to support Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Autumn Budget 2018. This Fund is being delivered by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, which also delivers the £10M per year Covenant Fund

The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund aims to give veterans more choice and control over their own personal recovery journeys; enabling veterans to take part in activities that are personally meaningful, while receiving good support with their mental health and wellbeing needs.

The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund has two programmes, the Positive Pathways Programme; and the Strategic Pathways Programme.

Help shape the Positive Pathways Programme; Funding new experiences for Ex-Service Personnel

The Positive Pathways Programme will have a budget of up to £9M to fund projects that will develop and run activities which are supportive to ex- forces mental health and wellbeing. You can help shape this programme through the consultation

The consultation will run until 15 March 2019, and the Positive Pathways Programme will open for applications in May 2019.

Milton Keynes Armed Forces Covenant (PDF, 233KB)

On 3 February 2017 Milton Keynes Council was honoured to re-sign the Armed Forces Covenant.

Mark Lancaster MP, Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel, the Mayor and Mayoress and members of the Milton Keynes Armed Forces Liaison group attended the re-signing ceremony at the Civic Offices. By signing the Armed Forces Covenant, Milton Keynes joins 407 other local authorities in promising to those who serve or have served and their families that they will be treated fairly in all aspects of life. 

The Milton Keynes Armed Forces Liaison Group developed together an Armed Forces Covenant Action Plan that aims to deliver against key areas including:  health and wellbeing, economy and skills, recognition and remembrance and education, children and young people.   

Last Updated: 21 February 2019