Deadline looming for Education Support Fund

There are just a few weeks left to remind your child’s school that applications for the MOD Education Support Fund 2020/2021 close at midday on 7 October.

Service children across the UK will benefit from an extra £3m from this fund, which has been extended for another year.

Since its launch in 2011, the fund has helped publicly funded schools, academies and free schools in the UK mitigate the effects on Service children whose parents are frequently on the move or deployed.

In recognition of the effect of COVID-19 and the freeze on assignments, the Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP), which manages the ESF on behalf of the MOD, has acknowledged that many schools and local authorities will find it hard to submit the same amount of evidence demonstrating their levels of movement or deployment as in previous years.   

DCYP wants to ensure that schools do not lose out on vital funding, so it has changed the application form and now asks for bank details at the time of application. This is to ensure that the £3 million available can be allocated before the end of the current financial year. 

The application pack can be found here.

Applicants are advised to email with any concerns before applying:

For England –

For Scotland –

For Wales –

For NI –

Applicants can be reassured that any grant they secured will be safe, even if they can’t complete a project as planned. This also applies to funding allocated from previous bidding rounds.

The ESF is separate from Service Pupil Premium and more info on SPP can be found here.


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