Grants to Charities & Organisations

Our longstanding partner Launchpad provides accommodation and wide-ranging support to vulnerable veterans in the North East. Find out more about our support.

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has a well-established and substantial grants programme of support to charities and organisations that provide lifetime support to soldiers, veterans and their immediate families. We will normally fund up to 100 charities in a given year which deliver support on behalf of the Army and ourselves.

In order to ensure that any grant given supports the Army Family, our charity has established guidelines for applicant charities and organisations. In particular, preference is given to charities and organisations which are members of the Confederation of Service Charities (Cobseo) or Veterans Scotland.

Guidelines for applying

Please read the guidelines as they will help you in establishing your eligibility and in making your application the best it can be to ensure success.

View our application guidelines here.

Applying

The main Grants Committee sits three times a year in February, June and November, with the Scottish Committee (dealing with requests for activities and charities/organisations based solely in Scotland) being held in April. New partners and projects are considered at the February Committee.

The window for applications for the June 2021 Grants Committee is now closed.

We will begin accepting applications for the November Grants Committee on the 23rd August 2021. At this time the updated application forms will be available to download from this page. For those charities and organisations wishing to make a future application please note:

  • Our individual grants programme will take priority over awards to other charities. These individual awards are still being processed as normal and we are working to ensure that those in crisis with immediate needs can be supported.
  • It is very unlikely that we will consider applications covering any new activity/project a charity is looking to establish or applications from charities or organisations we have not previously supported in the last 24 months. If your application falls into these categories, you should contact us by email in the first instance, outlining the scheme and the amount you will be requesting and we will get back to you asap with our decision on whether a formal application should be made. Where an application is made from an organisation with which we have no established relationship, any award is likely to be below £15k and it would be prudent to pitch accordingly. Every application will be considered on a case by case basis and it is always wise for those we have not engaged with to speak with us in advance of an application.

 

  • For Organisations applying for a grant of £30,000 or less, there will be one application form available to download here from 23rd August 2021.
  • For Organisations applying for a grant greater than £30,000 there will be two Parts to the application which must be completed (from 23rd August 2021):
    • Part One – outlining your mission, governance, funding proposal with justification of need and evidence of partnership where appropriate, and expected outcomes in the usual format
    • Part Two – provides detail on the financial viability of your organisation. Given the current climate and sector pressures, we are all having to make some difficult decisions. Organisations seeking support will need to demonstrate sound financial management, stability and sustainability. This request is based on COBSEO’s Funding Principles, which are available for you to download here. We ask that your finance officer or appropriate staff member sign this section.

 

  • As normal we will not fund activities in their entirety but will consider a contribution to the overall costs, but will expect to see evidence as to how the remaining funds will be found, or covered by reserves.
  • We are aware many charities are having to defer programmes of activity and hence we will delay consideration of such grants until later in the year.
  • We will consider whether the activity we are being asked to fund is sustainable taking into consideration the financial position of the applicant charity, particularly given the current fundraising situation across the sector which has impacted on us all.
  • We will not consider repeat applications inside our normal 12 month window.
  • As normal, charities must not assume a grant will be awarded. Given the current situation and our focus on individual awards it would be prudent to anticipate either no award or reduced funding from any historical norm.
  • Awards approved may be funded in a stage approach rather than the total award in one payment.
  • If you have any further questions about your grant application please email: externalgrants@soldierscharity.org

 

Grant applications are to be submitted by email on the application forms in Word format with supporting documentation and should arrive within the dates below:

  • Between 23rd August 2021 and Close of play 1st October 2021 for the November meeting of the Main Grants Committee.
  • Dates to be announced for the February 2022 Main Grants Committee.
  • Dates to be announced for the April 2022 Scottish Committee.
  • Dates to be announced for the June 2022 Main Grants Committee.

We hope to turn applications around within 12-16 weeks of receipt, with payments being made by BACS. Significant, new or novel grant requests will always be presented to a Trustee meeting which normally occurs within 3 weeks of the Grants Committee sitting. Our Grants Committee is always oversubscribed and it should not be assumed that an application being submitted will result in a grant being awarded. If the Grants Committee does award a grant, it is unlikely that they will cover the full costs of a project. All grant awards will be subject to our Terms and Conditions document which can be found here.

As part of our governance procedures, charities and organisations awarded a significant grant will be asked to complete our Outcomes Report. You can download a copy of the report here.

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