On this page, you will find information about our individual grants programme and how to apply for financial support.
Please note that we do not provide emergency support for those in crisis. If you require immediate assistance, please call 999, contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit our useful contacts here.
Our grants for individuals and families
We award individual grants to soldiers, former soldiers and their immediate families across six key areas of support. We work in partnership with the Regimental and Corps charities and caseworking organisations such as the Royal British Legion and SSAFA to ensure members of the Army family receive the help they need.
How to apply
The first step is to contact the relevant caseworking organisation. They will arrange for someone to meet with you and discuss your requirements.
Please note that we do not carry out casework ourselves, but fund a range of charity partners to undertake this work on our behalf. In order to minimise delays, please contact the relevant caseworking organisation first to speed up our ability to help you.
Arranging a caseworker
For serving soldiers and their families, contact your Unit Welfare Officer, Personnel Recovery Officer, Resettlement Officer or the Army Welfare Service.
For caseworkers, use the guidance and contact numbers on the Casework Management System.
What happens next?
- Your caseworker will arrange to meet with you, either virtually or face-to-face. They will assess your situation and, with your permission, prepare a written report.
- This report is sent to your Regimental and Corps charity. If they are unable to fund the request in full, they will forward your case to us.
- We will review your case and collaborate with other military charities to ensure you receive appropriate support.
- On receiving the casework, we aim to make grant payments within 48 hours.
We are committed to supporting members of the Army family for life. Our grants are available for:
- Serving and former members of the British Regular Army who have completed adult basic training
- Exceptionally, individuals who are medically discharged as a direct result of an injury sustained during basic training will be supported
- Dependant spouses/civil partners, widows, widowers, children and other immediate dependants
- Serving and former members of the British Army Reserve (and their dependants as outlined above), providing they have completed one year’s satisfactory service which will have included Phase 1 training
- Exceptionally, for a lesser period if the death, injury or distress arises from any action or incident while on military duty or the soldier had deployed on a designated operation
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide grants for medical and legal fees, non-priority debt and memorials or headstones.
Contacting our Grants & Welfare team
Please note that we do not provide caseworking services, so the quickest way to access support is by contacting the relevant organisation (see details above). If, however, you would like to speak to our Grants & Welfare team about the grants process, please use the form below.
Please note, completion of this form should not be seen as a guarantee of support being provided by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and we will still need to liaise with a caseworking organisation.