Guidance on how to apply for covenant funding can be viewed via the MoD website.
The funding priorities for 2018-2019 include:
Any organisation that meets the criteria of the Covenant Grant Scheme can apply. There are no limits to who can apply to the grant from Age Concern to a childcare provision - if you can demonstrate and meet the criteria then please do apply.
As part of the Sussex Managed Clinical Networks, in February 2011 the Sussex Armed Forces Network was developed. The Network brings stakeholders together from the Health Service and Statutory Providers, with Veterans, Serving Personnel, Charitable and Voluntary Sector, to develop and support this programme of work.
The Covenant was signed for the NHS in Sussex in March 2012 by Amanda Fadero, Chief Executive Officer of NHS Sussex and Brigadier Simon P Wolsey OBE, Regional Brigade Commander, 2 (South East) Brigade.
The remit of the Sussex Armed Forces Network Working Group is to provide:
Forces Connect South East
Working in partnership with Surrey County Council, Brighton & Hove Unitary Authority, East Sussex County Council, Hampshire County Council, Kent County Council, Medway Unitary Authority and West Sussex County Council a bid was submitted to the Covenant Fund to deliver fair and consistent access to public services for the Armed Forces Community across the South-East. It is planned that this will be achieved by building upon the core infrastructure already established, and the exemplary practice already in place:
The objective is to embed and mainstream the delivery of the Covenant across the South-East so that the Armed Forces Community will not face disadvantage compared to any other citizens in provision of public services. Through this project, we will ensure that staff across the South-East Region are ‘Forces aware and Forces friendly’, able to identify and respond appropriately to the specific needs of the Armed Forces Community. By working in partnership, and sharing the areas of expertise already developed, we will ensure consistency of approach and the removal of barriers to fair access to public services.
In 2014 the Sussex Armed forces successfully submitted a bid to deliver a programme of interconnected training/development opportunities through a series of mediums in order to increase the awareness of the challenges facing the Armed Forces community in order to increase integration between the two communities and aid the transition of individuals back into civilian life.
Service Champions Training
This would involve a day’s Cultural Awareness training for those who have little previous experience of the Armed Forces followed by a day of information sharing between organisations to examine and explore their services and the best routes the Armed Forces community to gain access to them. Thus allowing for the development of an effective network to increase and reinforce the integration between communities. A resource pack had been developed for participants to use when they return to their organisation. The aim was to train a group of 30 Armed Forces Champions over the two days.
An e-learning package had been developed in Sussex to enable mental health staff and other interested parties to work with veterans and reservists. This package consists of 4 modules which included:
The next step is to develop further modules to aid other healthcare professionals, law enforcement, local authorities and county councils which will provide a quicker introduction for the Champions who change on a regular basis and will include wider range of topics.
Mental health event
To provide a one day event for 100 people on Mental Health and the Armed Forces. It built on the previous one day event held on 28 November 2012 and undertook a more tailored approach to enable a positive learning experience for the range of attendees. The event included expert speakers and trainers to facilitate the learning experience.
Brighton and Hove Civil Partnership Board –Mapping of services and support for military veterans pan Sussex
In September 2013 the group submitted a bid to the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Board to fund a post of Sussex Military Veterans Pathway to Independence Project Manager. The aim of this post was to design, deliver and manage a project to map out services and support for military veterans across 13 District, County and Unitary Authorities pan Sussex.
In mapping the services the project would compile and produce accessible information to enable military veterans to access services such as housing, training, employment and health, including mental health.
The mapping would connect work that was being carried out by other partner agencies in the Health services, and those providing dedicated services such as Royal British Legion and SSAFA thereby ensuring a single gateway to services that would increase potential take up of services in these areas.
On 27th November 2013 the Board heard that the bid had been successful and £40,000 had been awarded to the Brighton & Hove Community Covenant Civil Military Partnership Board to begin work to move the project forward.