The 2022 ESF bidding round is now open for applications until 30 September 2021.
The MOD Education Support Fund (ESF), launched in 2011 and subsequently extended by the Secretary of State for Defence (2018-2020), provided funding to assist publicly funded schools, Academies and Free Schools throughout the UK to mitigate the effects of exceptional mobility and/or deployment of their Service communities; Regular Armed Forces, including Reserves on Full Time commitment (FTRS FC).
In light of ongoing rebasing activity, with further unit and personnel moves and associated disruption expected, Armed Forces Families & Safeguarding (AFFS) has secured £3-million per annum from the Head Office Top Level Budget to fund an extension of the ESF. Min DPV clearance and support of the extension was received on 31 March 2020.
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.
Read the instructions and guidance for more details of eligibility and criteria.
Successful application samples
If you are new to writing bids, please take a look at these sample applications:
Separation sample (army)
Mobility sample (army)
If you still need assistance, you can email People-AFFS-ESF-Mailbox@mod.gov.uk and your query will be redirected to the Service Children in State Schools National Executive Advisory Committee (SCISS NEAC).
Since the inception of the ESF, SCISS NEAC members have helped evaluate applications and some members have previously secured funding; they may be able to offer additional advice.
Applications are accepted from publicly funded schools, academies and free schools throughout the UK who meet the eligibility criteria. Local authorities are also able to apply in support of these schools.
The grant application pack consists of 4 documents:
- instructions and guidance
- regional panel scoring criteria sheet
- application form
- in-year bid guidance
Also available is an ESF Poster and you can read Service Children’s Progression (SCiP) Alliance case studies.
Applications from England, Scotland and Wales should be forwarded to People-AFFS-ESF-Mailbox@mod.gov.uk.
Applications from Northern Ireland should be forwarded to RC-AWS-N-38Xemail@example.com.
Applicants in Scotland should contact the National Transition Officer firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance. You can also read Scotland specific ESF guidance.
Applicants in Wales should contact SSCE Cymru at SSCECymru@wlga.gov.uk in the first instance. You can also read Wales specific ESF guidance.
Handwritten, incomplete and postal applications cannot be accepted.
Late applications cannot be considered.
Directorate Children and Young People