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Armed Forces Day Grant

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Grants are available to help organisations and individuals in the UK to host an Armed Forces Day event which can take place within two weeks of the Armed Forces Day event.

Fund Information

Funding body:

Ministry of Defence

Maximum value:

£ 10,000

Application deadline:



Since 2009, Armed Forces Day has been marked annually with events large and small throughout the UK.

Objectives of Fund

The objective of the fund is to support Armed Forces Day events across the UK to show support for our servicemen and women, past and present.

Value Notes

A maximum grant of £10,000 is available per application, provided that MOD funding accounts for no more than 50% of the total cost.

In the past grants have ranged from a few hundred pounds for a street party to thousands of pounds for larger events.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding of 50% of costs is required.

Who Can Apply

Local councils, voluntary and community organisations, schools, ex-service organisations and individuals in the UK are eligible to apply.




Applicants are advised to contact the funding provider to confirm that exclusions do not apply.

Eligible Expenditure

Armed Forces Day events can come in any size or shape, from national and regional celebrations, local events organised by councils, ex-Service organisations, community groups and schools. Parades of veterans, cadets and/or currently serving personnel are very popular, as are presentations of veterans' badges.

Other ideas for activities include the following:

  • Picnic in the park.

  • Themed BBQ.

  • Knees up in your living room.

  • Street party.

  • Fete.

The 2019 event should:

  • Be held within two weeks of the Armed Forces Day, including the weekends (the 2019 Armed Forces Day will be held on Saturday 29 June, so the dates would be Saturday 22 June – Sunday 7 July).

  • Have 'Armed Forces' in the event title.

  • Be relevant to today's serving Armed Forces.

  • Have free access to members of the 'Armed Forces Family'.

  • Not be centred around fundraising or recruitment.

How To Apply

The deadline for funding applications was moved from 1 March 2019 to 30 April 2019.

The first step in the application process is to register the event on the Armed Forces Day website

Useful documents & links

Useful Links

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Armed Forces Day Team
    Ministry of Defence
    SW1A 2HB
    Tel: 0207 80 70970
    Email: [email protected]

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