Grant for UK maintained schools with service children of frequently moved or absent parents.
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The 2022 ESF bidding round is now open for applications until 30 September 2021.
The MOD Education Support Fund (ESF), launched in 2011 and subsequently extended by the Secretary of State for Defence (2018-2020), provided funding to assist publicly funded schools, Academies and Free Schools throughout the UK to mitigate the effects of exceptional mobility and/or deployment of their Service communities; Regular Armed Forces, including Reserves on Full Time commitment (FTRS FC).
In light of ongoing rebasing activity, with further unit and personnel moves and associated disruption expected, the Directorate Children and Young People has secured £3-million from the Army Top Level Budget to fund an extension of the ESF for the 2020/2021 financial year. Min DPV clearance and support of the extension was received on 31 March 2020.
Schools are a critical part of supporting our service families. Children may have to change school when a service parent is posted, or school may support a pupil when a parent is absent for long periods of time. 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.
Armed Forces Families & Safeguarding (AFFS), which is the MOD’s professional focal point for all matters relating to children, young people and families associated with the armed forces, are the lead organisation supporting the fund. Read the instructions and guidance for more details of eligibility and criteria.
Successful application samples
If you are new to writing bids, please take a look at these sample applications:
Since the inception of the ESF, SCISS NEAC members have helped evaluate applications and some members have previously secured funding; they may be able to offer additional advice.
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 3 documents:
- instructions and guidance
- regional panel scoring criteria sheet
- application form
- in-year bid guidance
Also available is an ESF Poster and you can read Service Children’s Progression (SCiP) Alliance case studies.
Handwritten, incomplete and postal applications cannot be accepted.
Late applications cannot be considered.
Last updated 20 April 2021 + show all updates
Added new dates for the 2022 ESF, also added new instructions and guidance, scoring sheet, application form, in-year guidance and ESF poster.
Updated the information about the Education Support Fund bidding for 2021 now being closed.
Added a section on sample applications.
Added new deadline details for 2021, 4 new documents have also been added: instructions and guidance, scoring criteria sheet, application form and poster.
Removed out of date deadline information.
Updated with new forms and information for 2019 applicants.
Updated the information guidance and Northern Ireland application form attachments to reflect an update to the Northern Ireland contact email address.
Updated the MOD application form for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Updated the application forms for England and Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland.
Updated the England and Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland application form to correct field error.