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6 February 2019


Childcare Business Grants

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to boost the provision of childcare in England and to incentivise entrepreneurship. It will encourage and support the starting up of new childcare businesses by providing a flat rate start-up grant.  Those intending to set up a new childcare business can apply to the scheme to: • Obtain a small grant to help with the costs of getting trained and registered • Access a business mentor, to provide support and advice during the business start-up phase • Access business advice tailored to the childcare sector

The scheme will help reimburse any costs associated with the set-up of a childcare business, including: • Courses attended • Health checks • DBS checks • Insurance (house or commercial, additional car insurance, public liability)

Deadline: 31st March 2019 - the Scheme will close to new applicants from this date, but may close earlier if the current fund has been fully distributed. 

4 February 2019


The Army HIVE Service provides up to date, relevant information to the Service community and welcomes enquiries from Service personnel, dependants, partners, extended families, and the wider military community, including veterans and MOD civilians.

An extensive range of information is available, focusing on relocation, local area information, education, healthcare, accommodation, employment and training opportunities, childcare and travel. With excellent links to the service and civilian agencies, HIVE staff can also signpost to appropriate sources for further help and support.

Ouston HIVE Information Centre
Albemarle Barracks
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE15 0RF

Tel: 0191 2393355

Employment Opportunity

Walking for the Wounded are currently starting recruitment for staff at there forthcoming North East Veterans Hub:

1 x Employment Advisor
1 x Family Welfare Support Worker
You can also find them on the COBSEO Website @ https://www.cobseo.org.uk/news/topics/job-vacancy/

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30 January 2019


The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has reopened the Armed Forces
 Covenant Local Grants programme following a short closure.
New guidance is available; designed to help applicants develop strong bids. 
​Carol Stone, Director of Grants said
"We are delighted to be reopening the programme with new, up to date guidance. 
This new guidance incorporates the helpful feedback that we've been receiving from 
applicants, grant holders and others.
 We hope that applicants find it helpful.
 My top tip for submitting a strong application to us would be to read the 
guidance carefully before you start your application, then read
 it through again just before you submit." 
The Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants Programme makes grants of up to
£20,000 for local projects that improve integration between
Armed Forces and civilian communities, or deliver local services
and projects that meet a need within the local Armed Forces Community.


The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has launched a £3M funding programme to fund renovations and improvements to veterans’ community centres.
Grants of up to £30,000 are available. A small number of grants of up to £150,000 will be made to more complex projects. The Veterans’ Community Centres Programme is a specialist pot of funding. Applicants must be Armed Forces charities with an existing building that requires refurbishment.

Closing date for applications:
1st round: 0900 11 March
2nd round: 0900 03 June
4th round: 0900 04 November

Melloney Poole, Chief Executive of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust said: “We know that there are many well used community centres that offer a good space for veterans, but some of these centres could benefit from repair works such as improved heating or electrical wiring to make these valuable spaces better. We can also fund works that will make centres more accessible for older veterans or veterans with disabilities.”