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Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations to support Service or ex-Service men or women, or their families as they make the transition to civilian life within the UK.
The aim of the Forces in Mind Trust is to provide an evidence base that will influence and underpin policy making and service delivery in order to enable ex-Service personnel and their families to lead successful civilian lives.
Each year approximately 15,000 people leave the UK Armed Forces and for the vast majority they transition successfully into the civilian world, their lives having been enormously enriched by their time in service. However, some need additional support, and it is these most vulnerable people that Forces in Mind Trust exists to help.
The funding is intended to support serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in their transition to civilian life in the UK, for work that addresses the Trust’s area of interest and outcomes, which are:
Housing – Housing that provides the essentials of shelter, safety and support.
Employment – Engaged in employment of choice eg full/part time, self/not employed, volunteering, or a combination. (Education, qualifications and skills are considered here.)
Health and Wellbeing - A condition of physical and mental health and wellbeing, where any issues are appropriately identified, treated/managed.
Finance - Financially sustainable and resilient.
Criminal Justice System - Not in the criminal justice system.
Relationships - Supportive family, social and professional networks and relationships.
The Trust responds to unsolicited applications for grant awards, issues its own calls for work, and directly commissions research. Although in the first five years, the Trust awarded around 85% of its annual funds in reaction to applications, the Trust is now evolving towards the majority of its funds being awarded proactively.
There is a two-stage application process:
The first step is to email a cover letter outline of the applying organisation and a description of the project or research to be undertaken. This should be no more than sides of A4. Full details can be found in the guidance notes on the FiMT website.
Organisations whose application meet the Trust’s current objectives and priorities will be asked to complete a full application.
The Trust aims to respond to the initial application within three months of receipt.
Forces in Mind Trust
For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:
FiMT Executive Team
Forces in Mind Trust
6-20 Elizabeth Street
Email: [email protected]
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