The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has launched a consultation to help shape a new £4 million programme designed to providing funding for innovative and new ways of working to reduce serious stress in veterans, their carers and families.

The consultation will explore how the programme should be delivered and the types of projects that should be funded. They are keen to hear from anyone with a view, but it is particularly relevant to veterans, charities with an interest in the Armed Forces Community, charities with an interest in mental health or health bodies.

It will make grants to try new ways of working that are on top of existing services, filling gaps in statutory provision and making a genuine and lasting difference to those in significant need, while not overlapping with any of the existing veterans’ mental health services.

It is likely that the programme will support projects that are delivered in partnership between health trusts and the voluntary sector; and NHS Trusts and CCGs are invited to give their views.

The programme will target veterans with severe mental health needs and will explore how carers and families can be supported. An overarching support and research project will evaluate awarded grants; and the Trust is keen to explore how the most successful projects can be supported to continue.

The consultation will run until 19 June 2018. The programme will open for applications in September 2018. Grants will be awarded in February 2019.

Further details on the consultation can be found here