The MoD offers a grant for Armed Forces Day Events up to the value of £10,000 depending
on the size and content of the event. This grant is match funded and can cover up to half the
total cost of the event. In short, if you raise £10,000, the grant will cover up to £5000. To
apply for this grant, you must first register your event on the Armed Forces Day Website.
This can be done through the “Get Involved” tab on the home page banner and selecting
“Register Your Event” ( )
The Following things CANNOT Be Grant Funded:
This includes food, drink and accommodation
Any costs from military displays, equipment or vehicles are also ineligible.
Any bands or performances, musicians, films or other form of entertainment,
military or otherwise cannot be funded using the Armed Forces Day grant.
Grant funds cannot be used for transport to, from or during the event.
The Following Things CAN Be Grant Funded
Any fees incurred to action road closures as a consequence of the event including to
allow for parades and marches past to take place can be funded.
Decorations, flags and banners
Table decorations, banners, bunting, flags and any other decorations for the Armed
Forces Day event can also be funded using the grant
Newspaper and radio advertisement
Advertisements in local or national newspapers can be funded using the Armed Forces Day
grant. Fees from radio advertising campaigns can also be covered.
Marshalling, security and first aid
Any fees for marshals, security contactors or first aiders at the event can be covered
using grant funds.
Public liability insurance is eligible.
PA and communication systems
Any hand-held radios or other forms of communication for event organisers and PA
systems are eligible to be funded using the grant.
How To Apply For An Armed Forces Day Grant
If you are interested in applying for a grant, below is a guide to direct you through the
Click on the link in your confirmation email.
The link to apply for a grant will be included in the email you receive confirming your
event is live on the website. The first step is to click on that link and it will take you
through to the grant application page.
Click on the LEFT HAND blue box.
Once you’ve clicked on the link, you will be taken to a page with two blue boxes. The
One on the Left will be “First time applying for a grant this year? Click here to
register.” The one on the right will say “Returning to manage an existing
application? Click here to sign in.” If you have not applied for a grant for 2019, click
the left-hand box. Even if you applied last year, you still need the left-hand box.
Confirm your details
You will be asked to confirm certain details including the post code of your event.
Please note that your link is specific to your postcode, so you must use the original
postcode you registered your event with.
Start the application
Once you have confirmed your details, you can then start answering the questions
on the application form. Include information about any regiments, squadrons or
units in attendance, vehicles, equipment, military displays, cadet units and any other
events or displays going on at Armed Forces Day. Please take special care in
explaining the organisational structure of your event. This is your chance to sell your
event so include as much relevant information as you can; your event could be
fantastic however it won’t qualify for much funding if there is nothing for the Armed
Forces Day Team to vet!
Submit your application
Once you are satisfied that you have answered questions as fully as possible, submit
your application. This will then come through to the Armed Forces Day Grants Team
who will vet your application and based on the strength of your application a grant
amount will be offered.
Points to Note
– If you have registered your event and not received your confirmation email, please
be patient. It can take up to 3 working days for an event to be approved however
you will receive an email immediately once this happened as it is an automated
message triggered when an event is registered. If it is taking longer than usual or you
believe the email may not have been sent, please contact the Armed Forces Day
team and they will assist you.
– You must use the postcode you originally registered the event with to log in to the
grant page. Because the link is generated using your postcode, using a different postcode will cause the security measures to activate and it will prevent you from going any further with the grant application.
– You can check on the status of your application using the original grant application
link you received and clicking this time on the right-hand box as you are returning to
manage an existing application. The various stages are all published
automatically so it will be up to date and in real time.
Grant applications cannot be changed once they’ve been submitted. Please
therefore make absolutely certain you are happy with your submission before you
click submit as the strength of this application is the only thing that will be used to
You will need to provide invoices for all costs being covered by an Armed Forces Day
grant. Please note VAT cannot be funded so please make sure your invoices show
the figure pre-VAT.
Prior to forwarding invoices to the Armed Forces Day Team you will require a DUNS number this can be acquired via the following link: Dun & Bradstreet – Accelerate Growth and Improve Business Performance (dnb.com)
By accepting the grant, you are agreeing to the MOD grant process. You DO NOT need to complete the limesurvey link to submit invoices. This is an automated link which does not work!
If you have any questions, then please contact the Armed Forces Day Team.