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Deadline approaches for next round of Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme

17th April 2014

The Highland Council is reminding people that bids to the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme need to be submitted by Wednesday 30 April.

All applications will then be reviewed by Highland assessors and those endorsed will be forwarded to the Scottish Panel for a decision in May.

It is critical that any project submitted delivers against at least one of these objectives:

· Encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces Community in their areas;

· Nurture public understanding and awareness amongst the public of issues affecting the Armed Forces Community;

· Recognise and remember the sacrifices faced by the Armed Forces Community;

· Encourage activities which help to integrate the Armed Forces Community into local life;

· Encourage the Armed Forces Community to help and support the wider community, whether through participation in events and joint projects, or other forms of engagement.

Councillor Carolyn Caddick, The Highland Council Council’s Armed Forces and Veterans' Champion said: “Highland has done very well to date over a range of projects, from archaeology to conferences; enhanced Hi-Fires courses and improved interpretation and websites. The next round of grants will not be until September this year so it is important that people don’t overlook the end of April deadline and miss out on this opportunity.”

She added: “If you know of any project which may fit the criteria, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and staff will be able to talk it through to make sure it fits.”

Information on the Community Covenant Grant Scheme and how to apply can be found on the Council’s website - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/armed-forces-community-covenant-grant-scheme.

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