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Grants and loans

The Royal British Legion can provide support to serving and ex-Service people and their dependants who are suffering financially.

We are also there for those who need urgent assistance to get through a temporary crisis, such as homelessness.

For any of the services listed below (unless alternate contact details are provided), please contact our helpline on 0808 802 8080, who will be able to put you in contact with your local welfare representative.

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The Royal British Legion is there to support and offer practical assistance to every ex-Service man or woman and their dependants, who is homeless or living in temporary accommodation.

Contact your local Legion Area Office via our Contact Centre on 0808 802 8080 (

Be the Boss

Be the Boss is service from the Legion (in conjunction with Poppyscotland) aimed at supporting UK Service leavers to plan, fund and grow their own small businesses.  Funded by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Legion and its partner organisations offer training in small business set-up, assistance in writing a business plan and financial forecast, funding to assist in the launch or growth of a business, and periodic health checks and business mentoring to applicants from across the United Kingdom.


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Women's Section Allowances

The welfare of women who served, or are wives or widows of Servicemen and their dependants is very much our concern. The Women’s Section has a number of benevolent programmes where financial assistance and other services are available to women, men and children.

Visit The Royal British Legion Women's Section website for more information.

External Grants

The Legion's External Grants programme is now open to applications.

We have introduced three funding themes. Applications for projects supporting the following three outcome themes will be prioritised:

  • Employment and Training
  • Family Support
  • Homelessness and Outreach

First stage applications will be reviewed within one month of receipt, with successful applicants being invited to complete a second stage application. Second stage applications will be reviewed quarterly. The first committee meeting will be held in January 2014. For that first panel, the deadline for first stage applications is 25 November (with second stage applications being submitted by 20 December).

Click here to download an application form (Word doc)

Click here for our Guidelines for Applicants (pdf)

The Legion is not inviting applications for multi-year funding at this time. Applications will only be considered for 'one off' payments. The typical award is not likely to exceed £20,000 – smaller applications are encouraged. Salary contributions of up to £35,000 will be considered for projects supporting the 'Homelessness and Outreach' theme.

Enquiries should be directed to

Prison In-Reach

ssafa logoThrough our national network of trained caseworkers, The Royal British Legion is working jointly with SSAFA  on a Prison In-Reach programme. Together, we can offer advice and practical support to ex-Service people who are serving a prison sentence and their immediate dependants.

TRBL / SSAFA Inside Times
Freepost SW1345
199 Borough High Street
London SE1 1AA 

Additional Grants

The Royal British Legion also administers funds on behalf of specialist ex-Service organisations. If you, or someone you know, might be eligible for a grant from one of the organisations below, please contact or call our helpline on 0808 802 8080.

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