Purpose of Grant
The Forces Children Education Trust is a registered charity. Its main object is to support children and young people under the age of 25 who are, or have been, dependents of serving or former members of the Armed Services including the Royal Navy, Army and RAF Reserves, and who would not achieve their educational potential without extra financial support.
Most children of servicemen are happy, resilient and successful, and thrive on the opportunities that service life brings. Others, however, can be disadvantaged by a lack of stability in mainstream education and by some of the challenges of service life. For these young people, The Forces Children Education Trust may be able to assist with education related fees for school & college (from Year 2 only) which parents or guardians would not otherwise be able to afford.
Additionally, in exceptional cases, The Forces Children Education Trust may be able to offer short-term financial support for other services which will help young people meeting the Trust’s eligibility requirements over particular hurdles which are preventing them from achieving their educational potential.
The Trust has a special relationship with the schools group Cognita (www.cognitaschools.com), which has 43 schools in the UK and several abroad. When considering applying for a grant for school fees, please check to see if a Cognita school may be suitable.
Who can be considered for a grant?
Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria of The Forces Children Education Trust education grant detailed below. Please click here to see if you meet the criteria.
Forces Children Education Trust Educational Grants Fund
Grants are available for children and young people who are dependents of a father or mother who is currently serving or has served in the British Armed Services, including the Territorial Army or Reserves and whose parents/guardians are living on low incomes. Preference will be given to those studying courses likely to lead to improved employment prospects. In addition, applicants must demonstrate the child/young person will be:
• Studying at a school, college or university, and/or
• In need of support to meet physical, emotional or mental health needs to enhance their learning
What we can help with?
We can help with a wide variety of educational needs including fees, travel, books and equipment.
What we CANNOT help with:
- Items already covered by statutory funding
- Costs already incurred
- Daily living expenses
Who can apply?
Applications can be made by parents or guardians/carers, or directly by the young person seeking support.
How to apply
New applications can be made by emailing us to request an application form, once you have checked that you meet the criteria. Please click here to start the process.
If you are already in receipt of a grant and need to reapply, you can download our application form here and send it to the address shown on the form.
When to apply
- Closing Date For Applications: 15 February / 15 May / 15 October
- Allocate Funding and Notify Applicants: Mid March / Mid June / Mid November
How funding decisions are made
On receipt of all the information requested, the application will be considered at a meeting of the Trust Grants Panel.
Based on the application form and supporting documentation, the Grants Panel will decide whether to approve a grant and if so the amount of the grant.
Payment will be made by BACS to the place of study or support service.
Where we are unable to help:
Given the large volume of applications we anticipate receiving and the limited funds available we will be unable to assist in every case. We will write to the individual who submitted the application informing them that we are unable to help. We regret we will be unable to provide specific reasons or provide feedback on individual applications where a grant is not awarded