Community Covenant

The Newark and Sherwood Community Covenant was approved by Policy Committee on July 4, 2013 and was signed on July 16, 2013 by representatives of the Armed Forces community, Armed Forces Charities, Newark and Sherwood District Council and Newark and Sherwood Homes.

The Community Covenant is a voluntary agreement and is intended to complement the Armed Forces Covenant at a local level. It encourages local communities to develop a relationship with the service community in their area. This includes serving members of the Armed Forces, their families and veterans.

The aims of the Covenant

  • encourage local communities to support the armed forces community in their areas and to nurture public understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting the armed forces community
  • recognise and remember the sacrifices faced by the armed forces community
  • encourage activities which help to integrate the armed forces community into local life
  • encourage the armed forces community to help and support the wider community, whether through participation in events and joint projects, or other forms of engagement

You can find more information from the community covenant website.

What is the Covenant Fund?

A central fund of £10million per year has been made available by The Ministry of Defence (MOD) to support local projects which aim to improve ties between the Armed Forces and the wider community.

What kind of projects will be awarded funding?

The Covenant Fund has 4 broad funding themes now and in future years. They are: removing barriers to family life; extra support after service for those that need help; measures to integrate military and civilian communities and allow the armed forces community to participate as citizens; and non-core healthcare services for veterans.

The themes will shape the fund, and annual priorities will ensure that it stays focussed and current. For 2015/16 these priorities will be projects that support:

  • local armed forces community integration projects
  • the coordination and delivery of support to the armed forces community
  • veterans in the criminal justice system.

Who can apply?

  • local authorities
  • charities
  • commercial organisations
  • community groups
  • any other part of the community

How much is available for individual projects?

There are 2 application routes:

  • small grants for funding applications up to £20,000; and
  • large grants for applications between £20,001 and £500,000

How do I apply?

You can apply online via the Community Covenant website

For more information on the Community Covenant please email

Veterans' Gateway

Veterans' Gateway is a partnership between The Royal British Legion, Poppyscotland, SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, Combat Stress and service provider Connect Assist. Veterans' Gateway connect people with the right support quickly and easily, be assessing needs at the first point on contact.

Veterans' Gateway cover seven key areas:

  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Finances
  • Living independently
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Physical Health
  • Family and communities 

Veterans can get in touch by calling 0808 802 1212 or text them on 81212. Visit their website or submit a query using the online form.

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