Funding available

Employment Support Grant Scheme is a Royal British Legion welfare scheme funded by the annual poppy appeal. It is specifically designed to help low skilled and unemployed Legion beneficiaries with assistance to achieve a sustainable employment outcome. There are two types of Grants available:

  • Training, Travel, Accommodation and Equipment Grant – provides you with support to address unemployment or under-employment. We also consider childcare and medical costs when these are linked to difficulties around attending training. The cap for this Grant is £1,000.
  • Licences Grant – a licence Grant is awarded if it will assist you to find or continue work. Typically, this is to fund the provision of a professional licence that is needed for your work, for example a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence. This is a one-off Grant with a cap of £250, and you will need to budget for the licence upkeep costs in the future.

Find out more at the British Legion website. 


President's Award Scheme – The Women’s Section President’s Award Scheme provides educational sponsorship by way of educational grants and scholarships to spouses of non-commissioned officers, both serving and ex-serving Armed Forces personnel. Assistance is awarded to those seeking first degrees, and grants are awarded towards re-training programmes, books, travel costs and other related costs.

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The National Careers Service provides careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs, training course resources and funding.

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Apprenticeships - No longer are apprenticeships only available to school leavers, these opportunities are becoming more accessible to people over 25 years old too. Take a look at some of the apprenticeship opportunities available on Forces Families Jobs

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NHS Apprentices and Cadets - The NHS offers a range of apprenticeship schemes of varying levels in different fields, for all learners over the age of 16 years.

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Government Bursaries and Grants – Adult learners can apply for grants and bursaries to help pay for courses and training. You usually don’t have to pay this money back e.g. NHS bursaries for nurse training.

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The Open University - There are some funding opportunities available through the Open University programme.

Visit the Open University website to find out more.


Armed Forces Children's Trust (formerly The Royal School Hampstead Trust) assists in funding the education of dependants of Servicemen and women, both currently serving and retired. Grants are available to those up to the age of 25.

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Scholarships - You may find that your situation meets the criteria for grants and scholarships from one of the institutions on this Scholarship Search website.

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Lord Kitchener National Memorial Fund - If you are the child of someone currently serving or retired from the UK Armed Forces, and are aged 17 to 21, then you may be eligible to apply for a one-off payment from this fund if you are applying to a UK university.

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Did you know that if you’re aged 19 or over, you could study for a Level 3 qualification for free? Level 3 qualifications are the equivalent of A-levels or an advanced technical certificate or diploma. You could be eligible if you don’t already have a Level 3 qualification, or if you have a Level 3 qualification but are currently unemployed or earning below the National Living Wage.

There are more details on or see the updated course provider list to find out what’s available in your area.


Take a look at the training courses on this site, most of these are free or discounted for spouses and military family members and offer some great training opportunities. 

For further Service specific information, please visit your respective Families Federation website.