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Community funding available for Staffordshire’s Armed Forces

Organisations from Stone and Staffordshire are being invited to apply for funding to help support their local Armed Forces communities.

A new round of the £10 million annual fund available through the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Covenant Fund is now open until the end of 2017.

The funding offers financial support to organisations and projects to help bring together Armed Forces and civilian communities and deliver valuable local services to the Armed Forces Community.

In Staffordshire, three organisations have already received funding for their projects:

  • ‘Make Some Noise’ was awarded £19,629 for their project Upbeat Families which will provide sessions for forces families with pre-school children to increase participation in Early Years Music making.
  • ‘Recruit for Spouses’ have secured £20,000 for their project Supporting Military Spouses in Stafford to secure employment.
  • ‘Army Welfare Service’ at MOD Stafford have secured £15,000 for their project Growing Connections which will bring military and non-military families together through the development of a community nature area designed by families.

Now Staffordshire County Council is supporting groups with their applications.

John Tradewell, Director of Strategy at Staffordshire County Council Said:

“Staffordshire has a long and proud military heritage, which continues to this day with the Defence Medical Services in Lichfield and the Royal Signals in Stafford, as well as a large number of Reserve units and Cadets.

“This fund helps support our local armed forces, those serving, veterans, cadets and their families to be more involved in local community’s activities. Lots of different services and projects are being considered for funding, so I would encourage eligible organisations to make an application”.

Cat Crum, Programme Development Officer for Make Some Noise said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to continue working with military families, drawing upon the success of our Connect Create project, that ran in 2016.  This opportunity allows us to provide quality music making with young children.  This also gives parents the chance to volunteer and learn new skills while inviting members of the surrounding community to become involved.”

The fund was launched in June 2015.  For further information visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covenant-fund-guidance-on-how-to-apply or contact Amanda Dawson-Blower amanda.dawson-blower@staffordshire.gov.uk

 

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