Armed Forces Covenant Trust – Afghanistan Veterans’ Fund

Deadline 17th January 2022

Grants are available to UK charities for projects that improve wellbeing, resilience and promote good mental health for veterans who have served in Afghanistan and other recent conflicts and the wider veterans community.

The following grants are available under each Strand:

  • Strand 1 – grants of up to £100,000 for projects lasting up to two years.
  • Strand 2 – grants of up to £300,000.
  • Strand 3 – grants of up to £100,000 for projects lasting up to two years.
  • Strand 4 – grants of up to £35,000 for projects lasting up to one year. Under this Strand, enhanced grants of up to £70,000 are also available.

Grants are for projects which meet the expected outcomes for each Strand:

  • Strand 1 – Supporting veterans’ community mental health
    • Expected outcome: A greater numbers of veterans who have served in Afghanistan or other recent conflicts and who have complex mental health needs (or their families) can access timely, good quality and safe support.
  • Strand 2 – Increasing supportive comradeship, connectedness and engagement to improve wellbeing, resilience and good mental health
    • Expected outcomes:
    • More people from Armed Forces communities, in particular those affected by recent conflicts will be able to engage in comradeship activities that are relevant to them, to support wellbeing, resilience and good mental health.
    • More people from Armed Forces communities, in particular those affected by recent conflicts will be able to access support from Regimental and Service Organisations to support wellbeing, resilience and good mental health.
  • Strand 3 – Enabling veterans to support Afghanistan refugees in the UK
    • Expected outcome: Veterans can gain confidence, skills development or other tangible improvements to their wellbeing through volunteering to support Afghanistan refugees that have arrived in the UK.
  • Strand 4 – Regional and more localised projects that increase capacity in services and initiatives that offer support and comradeship, engagement and wellbeing efforts
    • Expected outcomes:
    • Veterans and their families from recent conflicts (or other beneficiary groups such as bereaved families) have more local and regional opportunities to access and take part in comradeship and engagement that is relevant to them.
    • Veterans and their families from recent conflicts (or other beneficiary groups such as bereaved families) have more local and regional opportunities to access relevant support that can boost wellbeing.

Click here for the Armed Forces Covenant Trust website.