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New Funding to Reduce Social Isolation in Armed Forces Communities

Applications are now being accepted for projects that reduce social isolation by tackling loneliness among traditionally harder to reach groups within the Armed Forces community in the UK.

Fixed grants of £70,000 are available for projects lasting for two years.

The funding is for projects that tackle loneliness within specific groups of the Armed Forces community who traditionally do not engage with available provision.

Projects need to fit at least one of the following themes:

  • Building stronger social networks and friendships.
  • Improving access to local activities and provision.
  • Building emotional resilience to overcome the causes of loneliness.
  • Empowering Armed Forces communities to become more independent.

Projects could include bereaved families, dual serving families, Foreign and Commonwealth families including Gurkhas, single serving parents, carers of veterans as well as veterans of any age, and serving families with young children, or who are new to Service life or who have family members with SEND.

Projects that specifically work with any of the following will also be welcomed:

  • LGBTQ+ Armed Forces community members.
  • Those who have suffered relationship breakdown.
  • Serving families, veterans and veteran families that live in rural or remote locations.
  • Transitioning personnel and families (including any children).

Applications will be considered from established registered charities, community interest companies and Armed Forces units. Applicants should demonstrate that they have thought about the implications of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and taken this into account when designing and planning their project.

There will be one application round in 2020.

The deadline for applications is noon on 9 October 2020.

Full details…

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