Supporting our armed forces and their families

Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum

Staffordshire has a long and proud military heritage, which continues right up to today. We have the Defence Medical Services in Lichfield and the Royal Signals in Stafford, as well as a large number of Reserve units and Cadets based across the county.

Twenty years ago this week saw the first trees planted at the National Memorial Arboretum.  The Armed Forces Memorial, along with over 330 other memorials, is helping make Staffordshire the focus for the nation’s remembrance activities.

And as I travel the county I see people want to be able to support our local armed forces be more involved in local community’s activities and there is some funding that may help us do this. A new round of the £10 million annual fund available through the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Covenant Fund is now accepting applications for grants. This is a really good opportunity to access financial support for groups and projects to help integrate Armed Forces and civilian communities and deliver valuable local services to the Armed Forces Community.

We have already had two organisations benefit from the first round of the Fund and all three bids to the last round have successfully secured funds.  Make Some Noise, Recruit for Spouses and the Army Welfare Service in Stafford have all benefited from the fund.

We are still able to support organisations who are interested in making an application and people can find out more at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covenant-fund-guidance-on-how-to-applyor contact amanda.dawson-blower@staffordshire.gov.uk

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