Forces in Mind Trust

Status:
Open to applications
Application Deadline:      1 April, 2022  
 

Description

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.


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.

Extended Desciption

Founded in January 2012 by a £35 million Big Lottery Fund 20-year endowment, Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) awards grants and commissions research, coordinates the efforts of others, and supports projects that deliver long-term solutions to the challenges faced.
 
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.
 
The funding is intended to support serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in their transition to civilian life in the UK, especially in the following areas:
  • Prevention and relief of poverty.
  • Mental and physical health
  • Relief of sickness and need
  • Provision of mentoring, services, facilities and equipment to support their treatment, rehabilitation, resettlement, education, training and employment.
 

Latest Informaiton

 

Initial letters of enquiry can be submitted at any time.


Key Criteria     

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


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.

Restrictions

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.

Application Procedure

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.

Please note: The Trust responds to unsolicited applications for grant awards, issues its own calls for work, and directly commissions research. Although in the early 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.

Contact the Forces in Mind Trust for further information.


Addresses and Contacts

Application forms from the website.

Contact details:
Chief Executive
Forces in Mind Trust 
Mountbarrow House 
6-20 Elizabeth Street 
London 
SW1W 9RB
Email:
applications@fim-trust.org