Armed Forces Support


In 2012, Hartlepool Borough Council signed the North East Armed Forces Community Charter and established our own Armed Forces Community Covenant, to encourage support from the Armed Forces Community in our town. The basis for our Covenant being that: -

"Those who serve in the Armed Forces, whether Regular or Reserve, those who have served in the past, and their families, should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services. Special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured and the bereaved."

Supporting information

Covenant Fund

There is funding available from the national Covenant Fund. There are two routes for applications:

  • Small grants, for applications up to a maximum of £20,000
  • Large grants, for applications of between £20,001 and £500,000

The funding priorities for April 2016 to March 2017 and April 2017 to March 2018 are as follows:

Priority 1: Veterans’ Gateway (2016/2017 only)
Priority 2: Families in stress
Priority 3: Strengthening local government delivery of the covenant application guidance
Priority 4: Community integration / delivery of local services

The grant can pay for most of the things that may be needed for the project whether it's people's time, buying or hiring equipment, or minor improvements to land or buildings. The Council would be happy to assist any organisations interested in applying for the Covenant Fund. If you are interested please use the contact details at the bottom of this page.

The deadline for 2017 scheme will be announced soon.

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