External Grants

The Royal British Legion directly helps thousands of beneficiaries every year. But we also provide funds to other organisations, manage trusts and scholarship funds and help the wider Armed Forces community in many ways. Below are just a few initiatives we support.

External Grants programme - open to applications

Applications for projects supporting the following outcome themes will be prioritised:

  • Employment and training
  • Family support
  • Homelessness and outreach
  • Supporting the elderly.

Stage One applications must be completed in the first instance, with successful applicants being invited to complete a Stage Two application. Please review the guidelines (link below) for more information.

Please note that the Legion is not inviting applications for multi-year funding at this time. Applications will only be considered for 'one off' payments. Continuation funding may be applied for in following years.

The typical grant award is not likely to exceed £50,000 – smaller applications are encouraged.

Enquiries should be directed to externalgrants@britishlegion.org.uk

Blast Injury Centre

The Royal British Legion-funded Centre for Blast Injury Studies at Imperial College London is the first collaboration of its kind in the UK, where civilian engineers and scientists work alongside military doctors to reduce the effects of roadside bombs or Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

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The Royal British Legion MediCinema at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court, Surrey, is the UK's only dedicated cinema for recovering Service personnel.

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Post-Graduate Scholarship to Korea

For those finishing University who would like to continue studying, the Legion funds a unique opportunity for post-graduates to study in the South Korea. Each year in October, applications open for the scholarship, co-funded by Samsung, The Royal British Legion and the British Korean Veterans Association.

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Regional work support

A number of regional employment support schemes are funded around the country through the Legion's External Grants.

Regional work support programmes