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

Grants are available to people in need who are:

  • Members and former members of the British Regular Army who have completed adult basic training
  • Members and former members of the British Army Reserve who have completed one year’s satisfactory service
  • Spouses / civil partners, widows, widowers, dependant child/children of those detailed above

Consideration will also be given to those who have been medically discharged within this period

We awarded Rick a grant for a specialist wheelchair and bathroom adaptations after he was operationally injured in Afghanistan. Find out more.

Who is eligible?

People who may be eligible must be in financial need and be:

  • Members 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 the basic training period will also be supported
  • Members and former members of the British Army Reserve who have completed one year’s satisfactory service
    • Exceptionally, for a lesser period than one year’s satisfactory service if the death, injury or distress arises from any action or incident whilst on military duty or the soldier had deployed on a designated operation
  • Spouses / civil partners, widows, widowers, dependant child/children of those of those detailed above

 

What we can’t give grants for:
We cannot provide grants for medical and legal fees, non-priority debts, memorials or headstones

How to apply

  • If you are a serving soldier or spouse/civil partner, widow, widower, parent/carer of a dependant child/children of a serving soldier please contact your Unit Welfare Officer, Personnel Recovery Officer, Resettlement Officer, or the Army Welfare Service
  • If you are a veteran, spouse/civil partner, widow, widower, parent/carer of a dependant child/children of a veteran please contact your local SSAFA office Find local branch | SSAFA or the Royal British Legion  RBL near you | Local Communities | Royal British Legion.  If you are in Scotland contact PoppyScotland Get help now | Contact us | Poppyscotland.

In all cases ABF The Soldiers’ Charity does not accept direct applications.  Applications must be submitted through the soldier or veteran’s Regimental or Corps Association.  All applications are means tested.  Each application is considered on its own merits

Contact details:

SSAFA – www.SSAFA.org.uk Find local branch | SSAFA
Or call their Forcesline on 0800 260 6767  They’re open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm

Royal British Legion – www.Britishlegion.org.uk   RBL near you | Local Communities | Royal British Legion
If you can’t find a service near you, please call their helpline on 0808 802 8080. They’re open seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm

PoppyScotland – www.poppyscotland.org.uk  Get help now | Contact us | Poppyscotland
Call 0131 550 1557 or email GetHelp@poppyscotland.org.uk

For caseworkers, use the guidance and contact numbers on the Casework Management System.

What happens next?

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. We will review your case and collaborate with other military charities to ensure you receive appropriate support
  4. On receiving the casework, we aim to make grant payments within 48 hours

 

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

  • Describe your request for assistance from The Soldiers' Charity
  • Keeping your data safe

    Remember, you can change your mind at any time about how we contact you, or tell us to stop contacting you altogether:  Call on: 0207 901 8912; email: supportercare@soldierscharity.org; write to: ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Mountbarrow House 6-20 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9RB.

    See our Privacy Notice for full details about how and why we collect, use and store your data.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Share: