Funding boost will help launch armed forces project

Published Friday 8 October 2021

Extra funding to help launch an exciting new project to support the Armed Forces community has been welcomed this week.

Harborough District Council, in partnership with Rutland County Council and South Kesteven District Council, has secured joint funding of £25,000 to continue work with the Armed Forces community in all three local authority areas.

The funding has been secured through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust charity, which supports work creating real change to Armed Forces communities across the UK, as well as those organisations, such as Harborough District Council, which have signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant.

It will be used to fund a 12-month project entitled ‘Making Our Covenant Count’ to strengthen support for serving units and significant veteran populations. It will alCllr rani mahal conso help develop partnerships and improve work in areas of need – as identified in the joint 2019 military survey.

Cllr Rani Mahal (pictured), Harborough District Council’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding which will provide a positive boost to the work we’re already doing to support our Armed Forces community, led by our shared Armed Forces officer. It will build on our recent success in achieving the Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award recognising our support towards the Armed Forces community and help us prepare for additional duties which are set to come out of the Armed Forces Bill, currently working its way through Parliament.”