FAMILIES of service personnel based at Bicester Garrison will benefit from their first slice of MoD funding as part of a military covenant signed earlier this year.
Activity days will be run at the garrison and four other armed forces bases in Oxfordshire after a £15,000 grant was provided in the first round of MoD awards under the Community Covenant Grant Scheme.
Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) became the first local authority in the UK to sign a military covenant, designed to encourage charities, councils, businesses, communities and individuals to work with the military to support service personnel and their families, as well as reservists and veterans.
Councillor Keith Mitchell, leader of OCC, said: “There will be further bidding rounds for money from the Ministry of Defence for schemes and projects that help armed forces personnel and their families.
“The county council would be keen to work with any people or organisations who have bright ideas that might lead to a bid being submitted to government.”
The total number of serving personnel in the county will be about 11,000 after the planned expansion of RAF Brize Norton.
Oxfordshire Play Association will run the family activity days at Bicester Garrison.
Members of the public with suggestions for new schemes to support service families should contact the Oxfordshire Community Covenant Partnership.