Promoting the welfare of those who are serving or who have served their country in the Armed Forces.
Forces in Mind Trust
Forces in Mind will provide UK-wide long term support and advocacy to ex-servicemen and women and their families to ensure a successful transition back into civilian life.
In January 2012 the Foundation welcomed over 700 serving and ex-serving military personnel and their families to the UK premiere of War Horse to launch the Forces in Mind Trust.
A partnership funded by the Big Lottery Fund of forces charities and mental health organisations has come together to form the £35 million Forces in Mind Trust. Led by COBSEO – the Confederation of Service Charities and supported by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Forces in Mind aims to help former UK military personnel and their families over the next 20 years.
The Trust will provide UK-wide long-term support and advocacy to ensure a successful transition to civilian life. The focus will be to provide a cohesive approach to address a range of problems that some ex-service personnel and their families can experience back in civilian life, such as poor mental health, unemployment, family breakdown and alcohol-related problems.
SSAFA Forces Help Mentoring Project
The Foundation is excited about the potential impact of the Forces in Mind Trust and together we have already supported a mentoring project for Servicemen and women leaving the Army due to injury or illness. Run by SSAFA Forces Help, the project provides support through volunteer mentors and aims to demonstrate the long term benefits of one-to-one support.
The Endeavour Fund offers seed funding for new endeavours and helps emerging initiatives with advice, hands on support and mentoring.
The Fund is independently managed by an Advisory Board comprising of alumni of past endeavours and representatives of organisations including Walking With The Wounded, Row2Recovery, Battle Back (Help for Heroes) and the Foundation.
The establishment of the Endeavour Fund follows on from the Foundation’s earlier grant to Walking With The Wounded for extra capacity for its future development.
There are three tiers of grants available:
Development Grants – early stage grants of up to £10,000 to enable an individual or team to explore the feasibility or intricacies of a major endeavour or move a major project on to the next stage. This may include the costs of a short term salary, research, or travel and transport.
Team Grants – larger grants to enable teams of veterans and Servicemen to take part in UK based team sporting events, such as athletics, triathlons or cycle races, and international competitions such as the Warrior Games.
Venture Grants – these will be much larger grants, which may in some cases involve underwriting or loaning the costs of a major endeavour in advance of sponsorship. The Fund anticipates having a relatively small portfolio of development grants at any one time, enabling it to provide these beneficiaries with support beyond grants, helping them to source hands on advice and guidance, pro bono expertise and sponsorship. Venture grantees will benefit from being formally associated with the Endeavour Fund.
The Foundation hopes that the Endeavour Fund will inspire many more wounded Servicemen and women to explore new physical challenges as part of their recovery; rebuilding their confidence and looking forward with optimism to the next chapter of their lives.
If you are interested in applying for an Endeavour Fund grant please send a proposal no longer than four sides of A4 with a budget to firstname.lastname@example.org which will be sufficient to consider your application. Please do not send any other material by post.
Please write your proposal with the following criteria in mind:
For distributing any size of grant:
- The applicants and/or beneficiaries should be wounded, injured or sick (including psychological illness) servicemen or women. They may or may not have been injured or become ill whilst on active duty but must have been in service at the time.
- The activity must be either a sporting or adventurous challenge and must represent a significant challenge for the applicant.
- Applicants should be able to demonstrate clear outcomes from the activity and should have the formal backing of their medical or rehabilitation team.
For the Development and Venture grants:
- The activity must contribute to personal recovery and must contribute to a successful transition to civilian life.
- The activity must contribute to raising awareness of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.
- The activity must contribute to inspiring others, either other wounded, injured or sick servicemen and women, or members of the community, such as school children.
- There must be a clear and credible plan both for raising awareness and inspiring others.
- The applicant must demonstrate an ability to secure additional funding for the activity.
Hiring Our Heroes
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a Service Nation:Mission Serve hiring fair organised in partnership with the Foundation.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a Service Nation:Mission Serve hiring fair in Los Angeles in 2011 organised in collaboration with the Foundation and made possible in part by Bank of America. Through Their Royal Highnesses’ attendance, awareness was raised of this important issue and a large number of hiring events have now taken place across the USA with thousands of American veterans and their spouses successfully hired. The Foundation is actively exploring ways to build on this initiative in the UK.