A £1 million support fund for Armed Forces charities across Scotland opened for bids on Friday 04 June.
This SNP Government fund will help the sector offset a shortfall in income due to the impact of the pandemic.
In May last year a survey by the Scottish Charity Regulator found 75% of charities had seen a negative impact on their finances as a result of COVID-19.
The Armed Forces Third Sector Resilience Fund will be administered by the Corra Foundation, who specialise in managing grants and financial support.
The closing date for applications is Friday 16 July with funding released to successful applicants by the end of August.
Veterans Secretary Keith Brown MSP said:
“Third sector organisations play a vital role in supporting our Armed Forces community and they have gone above and beyond in these difficult times to provide crucial support for veterans, service personnel and their families, despite the impact of the pandemic.
“I am very pleased that we have an opportunity through this £1 million fund to offer these organisations financial assistance to help them continue their great work.”
Chris Hughes, executive chairman of Veterans Scotland, said:
"We welcome the opening of the application process for this fund, which will provide much needed support to third sector organisations, recognising the vital assistance they provide to veterans, service personnel and their families across Scotland.
“It is much needed, given the current difficult circumstances and additional challenges faced by all in that community and more widely."
Read more about the Armed Forces Third Sector Resilience Fund and the eligibility criteria here.