Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations to support Service or ex-Service men or women, or their families as they make the transition to civilian life within the UK.

Current Status
Open for Applications
Maximum value:

Objectives of Fund

The aim of the Forces in Mind Trust is to provide an evidence base that will influence and underpin policy making and service delivery in order to enable ex-Service personnel and their families to lead successful civilian lives.

Each year approximately 15,000 people leave the UK Armed Forces and for the vast majority they transition successfully into the civilian world, their lives having been enormously enriched by their time in service. However, some need additional support, and it is these most vulnerable people that Forces in Mind Trust exists to help.

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT, or the Trust) is a registered charity which has as its charitable aims:

  • The prevention and relief of poverty, the protection of mental and physical health and the relief of sickness and need amongst serving and former serving members of the Armed Forces by means of the provision of mentoring, services, facilities and equipment to support their treatment, rehabilitation, resettlement, education, training and employment and thereby support their transition to civilian life; and
  • The protection of the mental and physical health, and the relief of poverty of the families and dependants of serving and former serving members of the Armed Forces in all cases for the benefit of the public.

Value Notes

Funding is at the discretion of the Trust.

Grants are awarded to 10-15% of applicants each year. Applicants should bear in mind that the greater the level for which funding is applied, then the longer the application is likely to take.

Who Can Apply

Not-for-profit organisations working for the benefit of Service or ex-Service men or women, or their families.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Grants to individuals – this is a primary role of existing Services charities and benevolent funds. This exclusion includes grants to individuals carrying out research eg PhD students.
  • Work that does not benefit Service or ex-Service men or women, or their families.
  • Work that does not have a direct benefit to the UK, although this does not preclude support for foreign and commonwealth groups that have served in the UK Armed Forces.
  • Work that is primarily the responsibility of central or local government and statutory providers, such as local authorities or the NHS, or projects which directly replace statutory funding.
  • Retrospective funding.
  • General appeals or circulars.
  • Churches or other religious bodies where the grant will be used for religious purposes.
  • Profit-making organisations, unless the objective is in support of Service or ex-Service men or women, or their families as part of a corporate social responsibility programme.
  • Ongoing costs for a project which is already established.

Eligible Expenditure

The Trust looks to support work that can influence across the UK. It recognises that often it is small, regionally-based initiatives that can produce the most profound and innovative effect, and accordingly the Trust will work with grant and commission holders to develop their plans to ensure that the evidence generated is exploited to its fullest potential.

All grants and commissions are intended to generate sustained change that improves the lives of ex-Service personnel and their families.

The funding is for work that addresses the Trust’s area of interest and outcomes, which are:

  • Housing – Housing that provides the essentials of shelter, safety and support.
  • Employment – Engaged in employment of choice eg full/part time, self/not employed, volunteering, or a combination. (Education, qualifications and skills are considered here.)
  • Health and Wellbeing – A condition of physical and mental health and wellbeing, where any issues are appropriately identified, treated/managed.
  • Finance – Financially sustainable and resilient.
  • Criminal Justice System – Not in the criminal justice system.
  • Relationships – Supportive family, social and professional networks and relationships.

How To Apply

The Trust responds to unsolicited applications for grant awards, issues its own calls for work, and directly commissions research. Although in the first five years, the Trust awarded around 85% of its annual funds in reaction to applications, the Trust is now evolving towards the majority of its funds being awarded proactively.

There is a two-stage application process:

  • The first step is to email a cover letter outline of the applying organisation and a description of the project or research to be undertaken. This should be no more than sides of A4. Full details can be found in the guidance notes on the FiMT website.
  • Organisations whose application meet the Trust’s current objectives and priorities will be asked to complete a full application.

The Trust aims to respond to the initial application within three months of receipt.

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