Bracknell Forest Community Covenant

The Bracknell Forest Community Covenant is an agreement between the council, our partner organisations and the local Armed Forces Community based at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. The aim of the Covenant is to support the service community living in the borough whilst also remembering and recognising the sacrifices they have made. This includes supporting in-Service and ex-Service personnel, their families and widow(er)s.

The Covenant was originally signed in December 2011 by the council and our partners including:

  • The Armed Forces Charities
  • Thames Valley Police
  • Sandhurst Town Council
  • Involve (formerly Bracknell Forest Voluntary Action)
  • Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • Bracknell & Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Bracknell & Wokingham College
  • The Army Welfare Service

It has now been extended to include a commitment from Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust as well as the existing commitments from Bracknell Forest Council, Bracknell Forest Partnership and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Through the Covenant local communities are encouraged to get involved in activities which help to integrate the service community into local life and also help and support the wider community through participation in events and joint projects.

The Covenant also aims to raise public understanding and awareness of issues affecting the Armed Forces Community and to support the integration of service leavers within the borough.

The setting up and extending of the Bracknell Forest Community Covenant means that access is now available to the Community Covenant Grant Scheme.

Ministry of Defence (MOD) Covenant Grant Fund

The purpose of the Community Covenant Grant Scheme is to deliver financial support to projects at a local level which strengthen the ties between members of the service community and the wider community in Bracknell Forest. 

The timetable and funding priorities for April 2016 to March 2017 have now been agreed and further information and guidance is available about the Covenant Fund’s priorities. Further detailed information on the priorities, eligibility and application process will be published when the fund opens for application in May.

There are now four priorities:
  • Veterans’ Gateway – two year project bids up to £2 million
  • Families in Stress – bids from £20,001 - £300,000
  • Improving Local Covenant Delivery – bids £20,001 - £500,000 for local authority clusters
  • Community Integration / Delivery of local services – small projects up to £20,000
The timescales for Community Integration / Delivery of local services bids are set out below:

Round 2

23 September 2016 – open for applications
2 November 2016 – application deadline
1 March 2017 – decisions communicated

You will need to demonstrate that the project meets the specific requirements of your chosen priority as well as evidence of real engagement and partnership working. You should also show how the project will create or boost existing interaction between the local and service community in Bracknell Forest.

You can find more details and apply online through GOV.UK. For further information about the fund please email the Community Engagement Team.

Civilian Military Partnership

The lead partners in the Covenant - Bracknell Forest Council and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst agreed to set up the Bracknell Forest Civilian Military Partnership in order to widen the focus of the partners work from supporting service leavers to address wider issues including promoting the Corporate Covenant and the recruitment of reservists.

The Civilian Military Partnership is a voluntary partnership between the Council and its partners and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and will meet twice a year. It will follow the principles set out in the Community Covenant to ensure:

  • members of the Armed Forces Community experience no disadvantage as a result of their service in the Armed Forces.
  • appropriate actions are taken to support the smooth transition from military to civilian life.
  • the best use of resources by working with partners to deliver the greatest possible outcomes for members of the armed forces community.

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