What is the difference between an Armed Forces charity or a charity that is supporting people from the Armed Forces community? Our Director of Grants, Carol Stone, explains…

We generally get more good applications for funding than we can support. However, we’re keen to ensure groups understand our programme eligibility, so you don’t miss an opportunity to apply.

For both the Removing Barriers to Family Life and Positive Pathways programmes, only organisations with strong connections to the Armed Forces community can apply for funding.

But what does this mean in practice?

If you are a charity or CIC, where we can see in your governing document that your organisation exists to support people from the Armed Forces community, then you can apply.

However, some charities do lots of work with Veterans or Armed Forces families, but you might also work with other groups of people, so your governing documents are more general.

If this is the case, you may still be eligible to apply to the Removing Barriers to Family Life or Positive Pathways programme, if you have substantial relevant experience in supporting Veterans or Armed Forces families. 

This might be through running projects for two years or longer, which are specifically focused on supporting people from Armed Forces communities. We would expect to be able to read about this in your published annual reports and other public documents.

If you are a more general charity or CIC, with members of the Armed Forces community amongst your beneficiaries, but you don’t have substantial experience of running dedicated programmes for them, then you can still work with other organisations to apply for funding.

Find out more

Have a look at our short videos below for more information, or read the programme guidance or FAQs, available on the programme pages.

If you want to apply for Removing Barriers to Family Life, remember that the closing date to apply for a larger grant of between £101,000 and £300,000 is the 18 July.

Organisations wishing to apply for a medium grant of between £30,000 and £100,000 have until 12 September to submit their application.

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