MOD support fund for schools with service children: grant application pack

Grant for UK maintained schools with service children of frequently moved or deployed parents.



The bidding round for the 2019 ESF will open on Friday 14 September 2018 and close at 6pm on Friday 19 October 2018.

The grant application pack consists of 5 documents:

  • Education Support Fund instructions and guidance
  • application form (one form for England, one form for Northern Ireland/Scotland/Wales)
  • scoring criteria sheet
  • bid criteria

Also available is an Education Support Fund poster


In light of the ongoing drawdown from Germany and to provide time for the educational authorities across the UK to bring in longer term provision for service children as necessary, the Secretary of State for Defence on 24 July 2018 announced the extension of the Education Support Fund (ESF), on a limited basis, for an additional 2 years. The fund will consist of £3 million in 2018/19 and £2 million in 2019/20.

Schools are a critical part of supporting our service families. Children may have to change school when a service parent is posted or school may support a pupil when a parent is absent for long periods of time. This fund is available to support schools in embedding practices that can benefit the service children and their school.

The fund is different from the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme which is open to a wider variety of organisations and seeks to forge closer ties between military and local communities.

It is also different to the Service Pupil Premium, which is provided to schools in England by the Department for Education in respect of children of serving members of the armed forces.

Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP), which is the MOD’s professional focal point for all matters relating to children and young people associated with the armed forces are the lead organisation supporting the fund, as part of the MOD’s commitment to delivering the Armed Forces Covenant. Read the Instructions and Guidance for more details of eligibility and criteria.

The bidding round for the 2019 ESF will open on Friday 14 September 2018 and close at 6pm on Friday 19 October 2018.

Applications from England, Scotland and Wales should be emailed to

Applications from Northern Ireland should be emailed to

Published 3 August 2018
Last updated 18 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated the information guidance and Northern Ireland application form attachments to reflect an update to the Northern Ireland contact email address.
  2. Updated the MOD application form for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  3. Updated the application forms for England and Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland.
  4. Updated the England and Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland application form to correct field error.
  5. First published.