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Colchester Borough Council is providing support for residents facing the cost of living crisis.


Find out about applying to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund to support our local Armed Forces Community.


  • What the Armed Forces Covenant Fund is
  • How to apply to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund
  • Examples of successful local project applications

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund commits £10 million each year to support the Armed Forces Covenant by making grants for projects that contribute towards integration, greater wellbeing, and social support for serving Armed Forces personnel, their families, veterans and the communities where they live. 

The priority areas for grant applications are varied but are for supporting the delivery of the Covenant and funding projects which strengthen the relationships between the Armed Forces community and the civilian community. 

The Covenant Fund grants team have collated case studies on small and large grants that have been awarded by the team. These examples provide an insight into how the Covenant Fund works and how grants can be used for a variety of projects. Click on the link to find out more. 


How to apply: 

Applicants must apply using the MOD grant application form:  

Go to the Criteria and Application Forms 

Before applying, we strongly recommend you contact the Local Covenant Partnership. This includes representatives from Colchester Borough Council (officers and Member) and Colchester Garrison (Garrison Commander and Civil Engagement Officer). They can offer support and advice around Covenant grants and endorsing your application.





Or, if you are applying from MOD: 

George Lazenby, Civil Engagement and Information Management Officer, HQ Colchester Garrison

Tel: 01206 815117  



Examples of successful local project applications: 

  • Colchester Garrison and Essex County Fire & Rescue Service: To deliver five Firebreak programmes to local Colchester schools, to help integrate children from service families with civilian children. 
  • Essex Children’s University (ECU): After school club in 4 schools serving the Garrison community, delivered by ECU, creating learning opportunities for all children attending those schools and supporting integration of service and civilian families.  
  • Montgomery Infant School and Nursery: To deliver The Prince William Award for a cohort of students for one academic year, to encourage self-discipline, teamwork and respect for one another through a dynamic range of alternative educational programmes.