MP Bob Seely has welcomed extra Government funding to support armed forces charities through the Covid-19 pandemic.


This week (12 May) Defence Minister Johnny Mercer announced a new £6 million funding pot - to be administered by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust – that will make grant funding available to charities supporting serving personnel, veterans and their families during the coronavirus outbreak.


Mr Mercer said: “At such a difficult time I want to make sure our people, including those still serving, veterans, and their families, know they’re not alone.


“Military charities do a fantastic job in supporting this community and today’s important new investment will ensure that they have the funding they need to continue their brilliant efforts.”


Bob, himself a former soldier who served on the last four British Army campaigns, said: “I welcome this new funding that will allow armed forces charities to continue their important work at this challenging time.


“It is important that we look after our veterans to make sure they have all the essential items they need, and to ensure they do not feel isolated or alone. They have given so much for us so it’s important we give back to them now when they need our support. The Island as a community is extremely supportive of our armed forces and I know this additional support will be welcomed by all.


“The funding is available now and I urge our local charities to apply.”


The money, backed by the Ministry of Defence and the Cabinet Office, will be given to charities across the UK that work in 9 key areas affected by the impact of the coronavirus.


These include:


•          support to the elderly (including Care Homes)

•          mental and physical health

•          welfare

•          domestic violence

•          housing

•          criminal justice system

•          service families (including childcare)

•          bereavement

•          employment


The latest funding comes in addition to the £10 million Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust set out in the budget for support to veterans’ health and wellbeing and the annual government contribution of £10 million for the Covenant Fund, £3 million of which has already been protected for veterans particularly affected by the coronavirus.


The Government is working closely with councils, charities and other partners to ensure they get the support they need.


Small and medium sized charities can also bid for funding through the National Lottery Community fund, which has an allocation of £370 million to support the sector.


More details can be found here