Armed Forces: Charities

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 21st May 2020.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish his Department’s plan to support armed forces charities during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when armed forces charities will receive Government funding during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Johnny Mercer Johnny Mercer Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)

Armed Forces charities play a significant role in supporting our serving personnel, veterans and their families, no more so than at this time. That is why I announced a £6 Million COVID-19 Impact Fund for the Armed Forces Charity Sector on 12 May 2020 (Official Report: Column 127). This Fund is being administered by the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence and the Office for Veterans' Affairs within the Cabinet Office. Applications to it are now open with decisions on awards expected to be made on 15 June 2020.

Details on how to apply to the fund and the full eligibility criteria can be found on the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund website:

https://covenantfund.org.uk/2020/05/12/emergency-funding-for-frontline-armed-forces-charities-working-with-armed-forces-communities/.

In addition, Armed Forces charities are also able to apply to the £370 Million National Lottery Community Fund announced by the Chancellor on 8 April 2020 and utilise other COVID-19 financial support mechanisms including the Job Retention (Furlough) Scheme.

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