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The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust makes grants to support the Armed Forces Community.
It offers two grant programmes:
Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants Programme
This makes grants of up to £20,000 for local projects that support community integration or local delivery of services such as financial advice, housing or other support. Applications may be made at any time.
The Serious Stress in Veterans, Carers and Families Programme
This programme will make provide approximately 5 grants to Single Lead Organisations (one at least for each region of the UK). The aim is to help veterans with severe mental health needs who do not meet the usual criteria of hospitalisation and impatient treatment.
Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme is a compensation package for members and former members of the armed services for injuries, illness or death which occured as a result of service.
The Veterans Agency www.veterans-uk.info provide support with applications and have a freephone Help Line 0800 169 2777.
"Be the Boss" is a Government funded scheme run by the British Legion to help UK service leavers plan, fund and grow their own small business.
It is open to all former members of the armed services regardless of discharge date. It welcomes applications from service leavers with an injury, disability, or long term health condition.
The scheme can provide funding up to £7,500 to start up a business or funding up to £30,000 to devleop an existing business that has been trading for between 12 and 24 months. The money is a mixture of grants and loans provided in £500 increments.
A one-off feasibility grant of £250 is also available to applicants to market test their idea.
Advice, guidance and mentoring will be provided as part of the scheme. "Be the Boss" is not means tested.
Further information is available on CivvyStreet, the British Legion website for jobs and employment: www.civvystreet.org and on the Legion website, www.britishlegion.org.uk Telephone: 0800 009 8015 E-mail: email@example.com
Help the Heroes provides practical support for wounded, injured and sick veterans in the UK.
It offers a national network of support for the veterans and their families.
Individual Support is given through the Quick Reaction Fund - remarkably it can provide financial support within 72 hours. It provides funds to purchase equipment, home adaptations, travel costs for the family to see their loved one or anything else that can alleviate distress.
The Help the Heroes Band of Brothers gives live-long support and opportunities to veterans with life-changing injury or illness. This might include holidays, days out and employment opportunities.
The charity also provides rehabilitation through its recovery centres. Sports Recovery programme and H4H Career Recovery.
These together with their other programmes all offer veterans the chance to rebuild their lives after injury or illness .
To apply: email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01989 844354
The British Legion provide support to serving and ex-service people and their families.
It runs a number of grant and loan schemes:
Everyday Needs Grants
Financial support to help with the increased cost of living to help pay essential costs such as energy, utilities and sudden expenses.
Small hardship grants for emergency situations such as:
Support and practical assistance to every ex service personal and their families who are either homeless or in temporary accommodation.
Mobility Aids and Equipment Grants
Support to help gain access to services or assistance for mobility equipment and home adaptations.
Children's Welfare Scheme
Offer grants to families and single parent towards the cost of essential items for their children.
Presidents Award Scheme (PAS)
Offers two separate bursaries:
Educational Scholarships - up to £1500 for dependents of serving and ex-service personnel including their spouses.
Educational Grants - up to £500 for ex-service personal, dependents, spouses/partners wishing to complete an education course or re-training scheme.
The External Grants programme is open to charities who intend to fund specialist projects and services for serving and ex service personnel and their families.
Guidelines and an application form can be downloaded from the website.
The British Legion offers free one week adventure breaks to the children of serving and ex service men and women in the armed forces.
It is open to young people aged between 12 and 17 years.
The British Legion is also able to help with applications for state benefits including disability benefits. It will also provide representation at tribunals.
The Employment Support Grant is run by the British Legion and funded by the annual Popply Appeal to support entry into employment.
It is open to ex service personnel who are resident in the UK, unemployed or on means tested benefits and in financial need.
The grant is to pay for a recognised skills training course with a direct link to future employment. It will not fund training that could be funded from statutory sources.
The amount of grant will be determined on a case by case basis but it unlikely that an applicant will be awarded more than £1,500.
To apply complete the on-line application form or telephone: 0800 169 4073
The Association provides leisure and recreation opportunities to serving and ex-service personnel who have been wounded or have a permanent injury.
It helps in the provision of holidays, days out, entertainment at care homes. It also provides large screen televisions and television licences to individual veterans and care homes.
Beneficiaries are usually identified by other user groups such as The Royal British Legion and veterans groups who refer them to the Association. An on-line contact form is available.
Telephone: 020 7730 2400
BLESMA provides support to service men and women who lose limbs, eyes or use of limbs or sight.
It is able to offer grants to make life easier to pay for items such as wheelchairs, stairlifts and car adaptations.
To find out more information contact Blesma, 185-187 High Road, Chadwell Heath, Romford, Essex RM6 6NA Telephone: 0208 548 3516 or e-mail: email@example.com
The organisation is also able to help with rehabilitation and advice.
Blind Veterans UK (St Dunstans)
St Dunstans helps blind ex service men and women lead independent and fulfilling lives. This includes older veterans who may have served National Service and suffered sight loss through old age.
It provides a range of services to support blind veterans including grants towards specialist equipment, computers and access equipment.
To apply: download an application form or telephone: 0800 389 7979.
Although the Combat Stress charity does not provide grants it is included as all of it's services are free to Veterans suffering from mental health conditions or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
It offers a 24 hour confidential help-line: 0800 138 1619, a community outreach service, clinical treatments at residential centres and a six week programme of treatment and rehabilitation.
The charity provides specialised treatments in an ex service environment. It also enables them to meet other veterans who have had similar experiences to their own.
The Burma Star Association helps their members with welfare needs such as care or financial help.
Local branches have a Welfare Officer who is there for the needs of Old Comrades.
To find out the address of your local branch contact the Burma Star Association at 4 Lower Belgrave Street, London SW1 OLA Telephone: 020-7823-4283
The Trust helps serving and ex RAF personnel of any rank (and their dependants) with a severe disability take holidays in the UK and abroad.
Most disabling conditions are accepted and may have occurred in or out of service.
The full cost of the accommodation is covered by the Trust as it invests in a holiday bond providing access to self catering properties in the UK and overseas.
To apply: complete the online form.
Telephone: 020 7307 3438
Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF)
The RAFBF supports serving and past members of the RAF/WRAF including their partners and children (up to 18 years).
It is able to help with:
Applications can be made direct using the on-line form on the website.
Telephone: 0800 169 2942
The Royal Engineers Association
The Royal Engineers Association provides financial assistance and other help to serving and former members of the Corps and their dependents.
It supports those who are in need through poverty.
Further information can be obtained by email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 01634 822982
The Royal Marines Charity helps serving and former marines from financial assistance to finding a second meaningful career.
It is able to offer:
Further information and application details can be found on the website.
The Royal Merchant Navy Education Foundation (RMNEF)
The RMNEF is an educational charity helping needy children of merchant navy seafarers, professional sea-going fishermen and RNLI lifeboat crew members.
It is able to help with everything from school fees, textbooks, uniforms to computers and internet access.
The Foundation supports at any stage of educational development from birth to obtaining professional career entry qualifications.
To apply: contact initially by letter or email: email@example.com to find out if you qualify for support. If agreed the charity will send an application form.
The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust (RNBT)
The RNBT helps serving and former Royal Naval ratings and Royal Marines other ranks and their dependents.
It gives a wide range of financial help to those in need which might include:
Applications are made through the RNBT by telephone, email or letter. Once contact has been mad a caseworker will visit to complete the application form.
Grants are also given to other charities who support the RNBT family.
The Trust runs a care home in Kent and a community of six cottages for older or disabled members of the RNBT family.
Royal Observer Corps Benevolent Fund
The Royal Observer Benevolent Fund provides assistance and relief to former members of the Royal Observer Corps and their dependents who are in need, hardship or distress.
Eligibility extends to widows, widowers and dependents.
The fund is able to help financially through:
Applications should be made in writing to:
The Secretary, Royal Observer Corps Benevolent Fund, 120 Perry Hall Road, Orpington, Kent BR OEF or use the online form on the website.
The Royal Regiment of Artillery
The RA Charitable Fund financially supports all past and present officers and soldiers including their dependents who are in need.
Each case is judged on it's own merits and assistance can be offered quickly to all members of the Gunner family.
To find out more contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01980 845233
The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers looks after their soldiers and their families both in services and after they have retired.
The Fusilier Aid Society (FAS) provides grants to those who have have physical and mental issues and to those who are struggling financially.
Royal Signals Benevolent Fund (RSBF)
The RSBF helps past and present signallers and their families and dependents with life saving grants.
It provides funding to signallers or ex signallers who are suffering from hardship or distress.
Applications for grants must be supported by an independent report from a welfare organisation such as the SSAFA, Royal British Legion or the Officers Association.
The Soldiers' Charity (ABF)
The Soldiers' Charity provides lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers including the Reserve Army (TA) and their families.
It provides grants in 7 areas:
Applications for serving soldiers should be made through their Regimental or Corps Association and former soldiers should follow three simple steps.
The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) provides help and support to existing and past service personnel and their families.
It offers a wide range of services including:
The help is available to almost anyone with a service connection.
Further information can be found on the SSAFA website.
Women's Royal Naval Service Benevolent Fund
The Trust helps woman who served in the Woman's Royal Naval Service by providing relief at difficult times or distress.
This includes woman who served in the WRNS since 3rd September 1939 and women who served in the WRNS and were transferred before 1st November 1993. Both officers and ratings.
It able to provide regular grants for those living on low income or in a care home and payments towards bills, clothing and household goods.
It also awards one off grants that may be used to pay for convalescence care, education, household goods, medical aids and funerals.
Applications should be made to the Grants Administrator email: email@example.com, through the SSFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Families Association or the Royal British Legion.
AJEX is the Association of Jewish ex servicemen and women.
It offers grants to it's members and their families who find themselves in difficulty, in need of medical, housing and other essential everyday needs.
Naval Children's Charity (for children and young people aged 25 years and under of serving and served naval personnel)
Stratus Flying Charity (for free flying lessons towards private pilot's license)