The MOD through their Armed Forces Families Fund (AF3) have launched a new Service Pupil Support Programme through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. Specifically supporting Service pupils aged 4-18 years, this programme will focus on those pupils from currently serving families and will support them along their educational pathways.
Schools, academies sixth form colleges, Further Education colleges and local authorities can apply. Full eligibility details are available at https://covenantfund.org.uk/programme/the-service-pupil-support-programme/
The programme will award grants of £5,000 to £80,000 to one-year projects that meet one of three priorities.
- Closing the gap in attainment between Service and non-Service pupils, using data led evidence.
- Addressing the needs of Service pupils with additional needs through early identification and intervention using a collaborative and coordinated approach.
- Identifying and addressing the needs of small cohorts of Service pupils within educational settings.
Your project idea should offer good value for money. This funding is for stand alone, one-year projects. The AFCFT would anticipate that most grants awarded will be around £40,000 or less.
Supporting Service pupils across the UK
Sonia Howe, Director of Policy and Communications at the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, said: “This programme offers opportunities to access funding for both schools who have large numbers of Service pupils on role, and also those with small numbers. By working together as clusters of schools, those Service pupils based in less military heavy areas can also benefit.”
There are lots of useful resources to our website to help you get started with your application.
The application deadline is 5pm on 31 May 2023 and they’ll expect successful projects to begin from September 2023 in line with the new academic year.