Grant strengthens community's link with Sandhurst Military AcademyBy Becky Barnes
May 02, 2012
Projects which aim to strengthen the relationship between the armed forces and the local community have been given a cash boost.
The MoD Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme has awarded the borough, its partners and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) more than £35,000.
The grant will go towards the Sandhurst Freedom March in June, English classes for Gurkha veterans and an integration project between Nepali and British communities living near RMAS.
The Freedom March will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the founding of the RMAS, which was granted freedom of the borough in 1996.
It will feature a variety of events such as military displays, sports and music.
The funding follows last year’s Armed Forces Community Covenant between Bracknell Forest Council, Bracknell Forest Partnership and RMAS which pledged the borough’s support for the army community.
Councillor Paul Bettison, leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said: “We were delighted to sign up to this very important pledge which formalises and highlights the successful initiatives we have already undertaken and has provided the impetus to take this work further and achieve these successful funding bids.”
The Community Covenant promotes understanding and awareness of the armed forces and remembers their sacrifices.
It also encourages activities which help the armed forces community integrate into local life.
Bracknell Forest’s covenant is among the first in the United Kingdom.
Lieutenant Colonel Roger Morton, the Station Commander at Sandhurst, said: “RMAS values the opportunity to work with Bracknell Forest Council, Sandhurst Town Council and members of the Bracknell Forest Partnership to strengthen the bond between the service and civilian communities within the borough.
“We are particularly delighted this work has been supported by the MoD Community Grant Scheme.”
Alison Sanders, the council’s director of corporate services, said: “RMAS is an active member of Bracknell Forest Partnership’s community cohesion and engagement group and the council has already established an action plan to help people leaving the armed forces to settle in the community.
“The grants we have achieved are being match-funded and the projects will reinforce the work already being done by the Academy community and other organisations in the wider borough.”
There are further opportunities to bid for funding from the MoD’s Community Covenant Fund in May and October 2012.
- If you are working for a public or voluntary and community organisation and would like to bid for funds to strengthen links between the armed forces and community, contact Abby Thomas, head of community engagement and equality at Bracknell Forest Council, on (01344) 352 000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.