Armed Forces funding opportunities

Herefordshire Armed Forces Covenant Partnership identifies and supports actions to address the needs of the armed forces community in Herefordshire. We support a collaborative approach for organisations to work together particularly when submitting funding bids, where it is possible and appropriate to do so. As funding is limited, a joined up approach provides evidence to funders that we are complementing and not competing against each other. The following list identifies a number of possible funders to support work with the armed forces community.

If you have an idea for a project and need us to broker conversations with partners on an approach to delivering a project please do let us know. Please email:

Please note, a number of the funders listed have an annual programme of individual grants with different deadlines and criteria. To check open programmes and guidance please follow the links for more details. Herefordshire Council cannot be responsible for accuracy of links and content.

Possible funders

Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust supports the Armed Forces Covenant by delivering funding programmes that create real change to Armed Forces communities across the UK. They are a charity and are classified as a non-departmental public body (NDPB). The Trust looks after the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, worth £10M each year. The Trust's grants are awarded through specific programmes. Each programme has an aim, which describes the change that they would like funded projects to achieve. As well as smaller local community grants, the Trust oversees more significant funding programmes based on research and areas of need.

Veterans' Foundation

If you represent a charity or an organisation that provide assistance to serving and former members of the British Armed Forces who are in need, you can apply for a grant from the Veterans' Foundation. Grants are also available to operationally qualified seafarers and their dependants. You can apply for a grant from the Veterans' Foundation through their online platform. The Veterans' Foundation's trustees are more likely to award grants to low and medium wealth organisations rather than 'wealthy' ones. They will consider a range of factors including the service or item being funded, the number of beneficiaries, the importance of the grant to the applicant organisation, the efficiency of the organisation, need of the beneficiaries and its urgency.

Queen Mary's Roehampton Trust

Makes grants to organisations (does not make grants to individuals) that support disabled veterans (and their dependants) in receipt of War Pensions or Armed Forces Compensation Payments (AFCS).
For further details contact or write to:
2 Sovereign Close

Service and benevolent funds

Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity

Through partnering organisations, such as Greenwich Hospital, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity provides funding to front-line naval, military and civilian charities and organisations that help people throughout their lives, whatever problem or issue they face.

Army Benevolent Fund - The Soldiers' Charity

As one of the largest funders in the sector, they award grants to individuals and families, and fund leading organisations that support soldiers, former soldiers, and their families.

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

Sitting at the heart of the RAF Family they provide financial support to external organisations delivering demonstrable positive change and tangible assistance to members of the RAF Family.

ASDA Foundation

The Asda Foundation supports small, grass roots organisations in several ways throughout the year. Working with Asda's Community Champions in store, we are able to work with a range of organisations and groups on a variety of local community projects. They have a number of different grants relating to communities they aim to support.

Foyle Foundation

The Foyle Foundation offers a small grants scheme designed to support charities, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Grants of £1k - £10k can be awarded to cover core costs, service provision, project costs, etc. Online application, rolling programme, no deadlines

National Lottery Community Fund

Awards for all programme offers grants of £300 - £10k. Funding is open with a focus on continuing to deliver services. Online application, rolling programme, no deadlines. Decisions take approx. 8 weeks from submission.

People's Postcode Lottery Trust

Operates five grant-giving schemes: Postcode Trust, Community Trust, Society Trust, Local Trust, Neighbourhood Trust. Applications are welcomed every month. Grants range from £500 - £20k. Decisions take approximately 8 weeks.

Clothworkers Foundation

Grants for registered charities and not for profit organisations involved with alcohol and substance misuse, disabilities, disadvantaged minority communities and young people, domestic and sexual violence, older people, homelessness, prisoners and ex-offenders and visual impairment. Rolling programme, no deadlines.

Garfield Weston Foundation

The Foundation supports UK registered charities working within the UK in the areas of Welfare, Youth, Community, Arts, Faith, Environment, Education, Health and Museums & Heritage. The Foundation awards grants for capital, project and revenue costs. Where they already have a funding history with you, the Trustees may consider a multi-year request for up to three years, provided you can demonstrate that a longer term commitment will add value to your organisation's objectives.

Lloyds Bank Foundation

The Foundation fund small and local charities, investing in their work helping people overcome complex social issues across England and Wales. They support charities with an annual income of £25,000 to £1 million with a proven track record of helping people on a journey of positive change through in-depth, holistic and person-centred support. The Foundation offer unrestricted funding, including around core costs, and tailored development support to help your charity be more effective.

Masonic Charitable Foundation

The Foundation aims to tackle some of society’s most important issues through grants to charities, both local and national – and partnerships with leading organisations in the sector. Grants are available for supporting disadvantaged children, young people, socially isolated and lonely older people.

Inman Trust

Available for UK Registered Charities supporting a wide range of areas, including the Armed Forces.

Drapers' Charitable Fund

Funding available to improve the quality of life and expectations of people and their communities, including ex-Service men and women. Funding is provided for either core costs or for specific projects or areas of work to enable organisations to continue and develop their services.

Forces in Mind Trust

Available for Registered Charities supporting the transition of ex-Service personnel and their families to lead successful civilian lives.

Field Family Trust

Grants from £1,000 to £10,000 available for charitable organisations with an annual income of under £1m, providing services for the elderly.

Gosling Foundation

Grants up to £5,000 are available for carrying out projects related to social welfare, especially those involving children and young adults. The fund gives a significant amount to military charities and causes.

Royal British Legion – Cost of Living Grant

The programme is designed to assist people who need help in a quick and easy way with everyday essentials such as kitchen appliances, clothes, and energy costs.

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Local grant givers to Herefordshire

Hereford City Council

Grants from £50 to £3,000 for charities, organisations, community groups and associations for projects within the City parish boundaries. The committee meets 6-8 times a year to review applications.

Please note –Town Councils and Parish Councils across Herefordshire may be able to support specific projects for their areas too.  Please go to their respective websites if you have a local request.

Eveson Trust

Grants for financial support from charitable organisations helping disabled people, people with mental ill health, children in need, older people, homeless people, hospitals, hospices and towards medical research. Applications can be made anytime. Panels are quarterly.

Herefordshire Community foundation

Herefordshire Community Foundation supports community-based work with a charitable purpose that improves the quality of life for people in our communities. Their grants support activities which benefit people who are disadvantaged due to poverty, disability, age, location or culture.

EF Bulmer Benevolent Fund

Grants available up to £3,000 for former Bulmer employees, not for profit organisations across Herefordshire and agencies working with individuals in need. Deadline: The trustees meet 4 times a year, March, June, September and December.  Cut off dates are the 15th of the preceding month: 15 February, 15 May, 15 August, 15 November.

EF Bulmer Trust | Supporting Herefordshire Communities

Hereford Round Table

Grants available for local charities and causes.

Howard Bulmer Charitable Trust

There are no restrictions on the nature of the grants. Applications can be made in writing to the Administrator: Damage Limited Chartered Accountants, Barton House, Newton St Margarets, Herefordshire HR2 0QN or

Special Metals Community Fund

Any group can apply, as long as it benefits the community in Herefordshire. Applicants just write a letter applying to Special Metals Wiggins Community Fund c/o HR, stating how much they need and for what, and how it will benefit the community; and it will be considered at one of their monthly meetings. Write to: Special Metals Community Fund, c/o HR Manager, Special Metals Wiggins, Holmer Road, Hereford, HR4 9SL

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Other sources of support and background information