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More Support For Army Families In Dorset

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8:27am 27th November 2013

More effort is being made to support Army families living "outside the wire" in Dorset.

The Council is funding community projects that help build relationships between armed forces families and civilians.

The initiative called the Community Covenant scheme has already helped 12 projects in Dorset, including an outdoor adventure playground and improvements to a shared community building.

County Council Chief Executive Debbie Ward said: "This successful grant programme continues to highlight the significance of Dorset Armed Forces and their strong bond with local voluntary and community groups. 

"The funding is helping to bring new opportunities and build new lasting community relationships; I hope projects continue to come forward with applications".    

Lieutenant Colonel Bob Brannigan of the Blandford Garrison said: "The successful Community Covenant Fund bids received so far are really making a difference to the 'one community' in Dorset.

"The military and civilian communities are working well together and the projects are helping integration. The opportunity remains to gain funding for similar projects and new ideas for future projects are still welcome."

The following are some examples of what could be funded:

1. A local infrastructure project such as a children's playground which might be used by children from both service accommodation and the wider community.

2. A project that increases the integration of service personnel, veterans and their families with the wider community.

3. A project that improves the health or welfare of service personnel, veterans and their families.

4. One-off activities, such as an activity camp involving the Armed Forces and local young people.

Grants from £250 to £250,000 are available and applications for funding must be submitted by 31 December 2013.

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

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