AFB Grant Policy & Form
AFB Trustees Grant Policy 2019
1. AFB Core Objectives are:
a) To assist former serving members of the UK armed forces who are in charitable need as a result of injury or other harmful experience suffered during their service to resettle and rehabilitate into civilian life.
b) To relieve the needs of former members of the armed forces and their families.
2. A grant applicant must have Verification of Service (VOS) and some form of Identification (ID) and Verification of Address (VOA), on application. An email copy of your discharge documents together with some form of identification would be good (image of passport or driving licence) or recent official documents with your name and address on. If no VOS, ID and VOA is received within 14 days of application the grant will be closed. So please don’t apply unless you have, or can quickly obtain of VOS, ID and VOA. If you have no fixed abode then please still apply.
3. Requests for grant funding are invited from ex-armed forces personnel and their immediate dependents who can provide definitive proof of service:
a. Grant application must be submitted online via our grant form below.
b. Grant must be filled in with the name and contact details of the veteran in charitable need (if this is not possible, please use the contact us form on our website for advice).
c. We make grants to help veterans and their immediate dependents settle into rented housing through paying for bonds and necessary domestic equipment required for basic living needs.
d. Travel expenses for unemployed veterans to and from courses/interviews/meetings that will lead to employment or help them to integrate into society.
e. Funding of training which will lead directly to full-time employment for unemployed veterans.
f. To provide hardship funds e.g. winter fuel bills, basic food, bedding or other basic living needs.
g. Between 25th May and 25th July each year when the AFB Charity Accounts are status Green (over £20,000) and only if the charity has collected more funds than we have paid out, we would consider granting funds to small service related charities. These loans, if granted, would have to support veterans and their immediate dependents in charitable need. Applications would be considered by the trustees for small grants of £1000, although larger grants of £2000 may be considered.
4. The grant limit is set at £2000 and will only be exceeded in exceptional circumstances agreed by the AFB Trustees (any previous grant will also be included).
5. Feedback on grant outcomes is appreciated in any case and is required in support of repeat applications.
6. All applicants will receive a response from a trustee whether or not their application has been successful.
The AFB does not fund:
● Individuals who have not served in the UK armed forces or are not the immediate dependants of ex-armed forces personnel.
● Individuals who are in stable employment and do not receive benefits.
● Individuals (expeditions, educational purposes, medical treatment, holidays or business start ups).
● Projects concerned with travel, adventure, sports or recreation.
● Driver training for new drives (only fund one licence category per grant, only if it leads to employment and a full UK licence is held).
● Vehicle repairs or funds toward vehicle purchases
● Individuals who are receiving considerable grants from other agencies.
● Any requests from veterans who reside outside the UK.
The AFB receives many more applications than can be supported and even if your grant meets our requirements we may not be able to help. In all cases, trustees will ensure that applications are considered on a case by case basis.