2019 Education Support Fund (ESF)

2019 Education Support Fund (ESF)

The Secretary of State for Defence in July 2018 announced the extension of the Education Support Fund, on a limited basis, for an additional two years. The fund will consist of £3 million in 2018/19 and £2 million in 2019/20.


Successful applications to date have been for a wide range of initiatives. All been able to provide strong evidence of how their proposal would help Service children and schools to overcome the effects of exceptional mobility or deployment. The bids also demonstrated a good relationship with their Service community.


Applications for the 2019 Fund are for a one-off grant. Payments will by 5 April 2019. Audits will be carried out by the Directorate Children and Young People in April 2020 to ensure funding has been spent as stated in the application and to assess the impact of the scheme.


*Please note that the bidding round is now closed*



To be eligible for a grant a school must be in the UK and must have at least 1 Service Child, subject to exceptional mobility or deployment (see criteria at the link below).


Applications can be accepted from:

  1. Maintained schools;
  2. Academies;
  3. Free schools;
  4. Sixth Form colleges;
  5. Groups of any schools described above (referred to as ‘cluster bids’ and are strongly encouraged);
  6. Local authorities on behalf of the publicly funded schools in their area.


If applying as a cluster an individual school can also submit their own separate bid, provided it is for a different initiative (no double bidding allowed).


The following are not eligible:

  1. Childcare providers;
  2. Colleges of higher education or further education;
  3. Commercial organisations or those that would seek to charge for their solution to be provided to a school, for example – an organisation could not be awarded a grant to develop a training course which it then charged schools to attend.


The bidding round for the 2019 ESF will open on Friday 14th September 2018 and close at 1800 hours on Friday 19th October 2018.


Full details and information on how to apply can be found here.


Posted on: 6th August, 2018