Armed Forces Community Covenant

The Isle of Wight Civil Military Partnership

The local Armed Forces Community Covenant is overseen by the Isle of Wight Civil Military Partnership (Formerly known as the Isle of Wight Community Covenant Partnership Board). The Armed Forces Community Covenant for the Isle of Wight was signed into being on 24 June 2013.  Signatories included senior members of the armed forces and local community leaders.  The covenant has subsequently been renewed annually at a civic ceremony marking Armed Forces Day.

The covenant is a pledge made between the Island’s civilian community and the armed forces.  It aims to develop a better understanding between the civilian and armed forces community, and to tackle any disadvantages arising from service.  The armed forces community is regarded as serving personnel, veterans (both Regular and Reservist) and their dependants, including merchant navy who have been involved in military operations.

View a copy of the  Armed Forces Community Covenant  ( PDF, 6 pages, 3.70Mb)

The Civil Military Partnership brings together the armed forces, local armed forces groups, the voluntary sector and public bodies including the Isle of Wight NHS, the Council and town and parish councils.  The Partnership is arranged and chaired by the council, which has a lead responsibility for ensuring that the partnership has local aims and objectives that are being delivered and sustained. This includes a wide range of issues and activities that involve the island and the armed forces community, including events, resilience and heritage. The most important role is ensuring that partners work together to deliver and maintain the commitments made in the Isle of Wight Armed Forces Community Covenant.

View a copy of the Terms of Reference for the Isle of Wight Civil Military partnership.(PDF, 2 pages 89kb)

The Isle of Wight Community Covenant is part of a national commitment to the armed forces community. More information about the national Covenant and UK involvement in the programme can be found on the GOV.UK website - Armed Forces Covenant: guidance and support .

The Covenant Fund

The Ministry of Defence launched a new £10m Covenant Fund in August 2015. This makes grants to schemes and projects provided by public and voluntary organisations that will deliver a number of priorities set nationally.

This grant scheme is operated by the Ministry of Defence, who will draw on the knowledge and views of the local Civil Military partnership when assessing grant applications with an impact on the Isle of Wight.

There are four funding priorities for 2016-2017:

Priority 1: Veterans’ Gateway
Priority 2: Families in stress
Priority 3: Strengthening local government delivery of the covenant
Priority 4: Community integration / delivery of local services 

These priorities will be periodically reviewed by the Ministry of Defence.

To find out more about the programme, and to make an online application, please visit the GOV.UK website - Ministry of Defence Community Covenant Fund.