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Bringing Army Families Closer To Civillian Neighbours

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9:39am 29th June 2013

Attempts are being made to bring army families closer to their civilian neighbours in Dorset.

A scheme has been set up to help fund local projects for those people living in shared communities.

It's called the Community Covenant Scheme, and it's offering volunteer groups around Dorset funding to kick-start projects that both armed forces families and local residents can enjoy.

So far the grants have been used on 10 successful projects around the county including an exhibition, a newly built adventure playground and a village hall.

Dorset Council says it's all about integrating service personnel, veterans and their families with the wider community

County Council Chief Executive Debbie Ward said: “Dorset has had remarkable success with this grant programme, which demonstrates the significance of our Armed Forces locally, the strength of our voluntary and community groups and the increasing ties between them.

Lieutenant Colonel Bob Brannigan of the Blandford Garrison said: “The success of the grants in Dorset shows what can be achieved to enhance the understanding and partnership between the military and civilian communities.

Grants from £250 to £250,000 are available and applications for funding must be submitted by 2 September 2013.

Further information and an application form are available at www.dorsetforyou.com/covenantfunding

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