LAST year, the Secretary of State for Defence announced an extension of the MOD’s Education Support Fund (ESF) for an additional two years – £3 million in 2018/19 and £2 million for 2019/20.

The ESF is open to publicly-funded schools, academies and free schools in the UK attended by service children, where schools have to mitigate the effects on those service children whose parents are subject to frequent mobility/deployment. Applications from local authorities in support of these schools can also be accepted.

Out of 224 applications received, requesting just short of £10 million, the 2019 ESF awarded £3 million to 76 successful applicants with funding directly benefiting approximately 25,000 service children across the UK.

How to apply

The bidding round for the 2020 ESF opens on Monday 3 June 2019 and you have until midday on Monday 30 September 2019 to submit your application. The 2020 application pack, including the application form and full instructions and guidance, can be found here.

Applications from England, Scotland and Wales should be forwarded to – applications from Northern Ireland should be forwarded to

Handwritten, incomplete and postal applications cannot be accepted, and late applications cannot be processed.

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