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Funding to Support Service Pupils in the UK Reach their Full Potential

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04 April 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Grants are available for projects which support Service children in the UK along their educational pathway.

Under this programme, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust will award stand alone, one-year grants for projects which support Service children along their Educational Pathway. 

This funding will enable Service children to reach their full life potential.

Applications can only address the needs of children who are from currently serving Armed Forces families and who are aged 4-18 years and in statutory full-time education.

Applications will be accepted from schools in the UK which have children of currently serving Armed Forces personnel on roll. Service refers to Regular Forces or Reserves (Full-time Reserve Service).

The Trust will accept applications from:

  • Maintained schools
  • Academies
  • Free schools
  • Sixth form and FE colleges
  • Local authorities
  • Multi-academy Trusts
  • Groups of schools as described above (referred to as ‘Cluster bids’ and strongly encouraged – details of schools in the cluster will need to be provided, and one school, or the local authority, will need to act as lead applicant)
  • Local authorities on behalf of the publicly funded schools in their area.

One-year grants of £5,000 to £80,000 are available.

It is expected that most grants will be around £40,000 or less.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2023.


How To Apply

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2023.

Guidelines and an online application form can be found on the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust website.


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