MOD education support fund

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MOD education support fund

The MOD Education Support Fund (ESF) is a £6 million fund available to publicly funded schools, academies and free schools throughout the UK to mitigate the effects of significant mobility and/or deployment of their service communities.

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.

Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP), which is the MOD’s professional focal point for all matters relating to children and young people associated with the armed forces, are the lead organisation supporting the fund. Read the instructions and guidance for more details of eligibility and criteria.

Bids open 1 June 2016 to 30 September 2016

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 5 documents:-

  • ESF instructions and guidance
  • the application form itself (one form for England, one form for Northern Ireland/Scotland/Wales)
  • the scoring criteria
  • bid idea examples
  • frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Also available is an 2017 Education support fund: promotional poster (PDF, 1.55MB) and some case studies.

Completed application forms are to be submitted to the by 1600pm on 30 September 2016.