Grants to Charities & Organisations

Reading Force reading to a child
Partner charity Reading Force, which runs reading projects in Army garrison areas, launches a new initiative for nursery schools, funded by The Soldiers’ Charity.

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.


If, after reading our guidelines you believe you are eligible to make an application, please use our application form. We are currently updating our application form and will post a link to download the new form here on 1st August 2020, when the next window for applications opens. Please do not submit applications using the old form.

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. Applications received from organisations that have not applied to the Charity within the last two years, and who are requesting grants of over £3o,000, will only be considered at the February Grants Committee. That said, the Charity will normally only consider grant requests up to £30,000 for such organisations and requests above this figure will require the organisation to make an informal approach first, (using the “” email address) indicating the status of the organisation, the nature of the request, other funding streams and the financial status of the organisation. The Charity will then consider the case and respond as appropriate.

Covid 19 Update for June Applications:

Our application process for our June Grants Committee is now closed. The deadline for submitting an application was 6th May 2020. For those charities and organisations that have made an 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 with immediate needs and in crisis can be supported, even if the casework provided to us via SSAFA and TRBL is minimal at this stage.

We will not be funding any new projects.

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 will not be processed until after the Trustee Board in Jul and may be funded in a stage approach rather than the total award in one payment. The earlier payment  by BACS is likely to be in July.

If you have an further questions about your grant application please email:


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

  • Between 2nd January 2020 and 2nd March 2020 for the April meeting of the Scottish Committee.
  • Between 1st April 2020 and 6th May 2020 for the June meeting of the Main Grants Committee.
  • Between 1st August 2020 and 9th October 2020 for the November meeting of the Main Grants Committee.
  • Between 7th December 2020 and 15th January 2021 for the February meeting of the 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.