The Ministry of Defence (MoD) provides funding each year to help organisations and individuals in the UK host an Armed Forces Day event to show support for the UK's servicemen and women, past and present.
Armed Forces Day has been marked annually since 2009 with events large and small throughout the UK. In 2021, it will be celebrated on Saturday 26 June 2021 with a major national event to be held in Scarborough. Local events will be held across the UK.
Local councils, voluntary and community organisations, schools, ex-service organisations and individuals in the UK are eligible to apply.
A maximum grant of £10,000 is available per application, provided that MOD funding accounts for no more than 50% of the total cost.
This grant is match funded and can cover up to half the total cost of the event. For example, if the total cost of the event is £10,000 and £5,000 has been raised, the grant could cover up to £5,000.
In the past grants have ranged from a few hundred pounds for a street party to thousands of pounds for larger events.
Groups need to register their event before they can access the funding criteria.
Armed Forces Day events may be affected by coronavirus/COVID-19 and event organisers should refer to the latest COVID-19 Government guidance or seek advice from their Devolved Administration and Local Authority.
The deadline for applications for event funding in 2021 is 1 March 2021.
How To Apply
Applications for 2021 event funding will be accepted from 4 November 2020 to 1 March 2021.
The first step in the application process is to register the event on the Armed Forces Day website
Once groups have registered their event, they will receive a confirmation email within three working days. This email contains a link to submit an application for funding.