Finding a job can be one of the hardest parts of leaving the Armed Forces. The Legion can support you through funding for training and skill development. This financial assistance can help you find suitable work.
What is an employment grant?
The Legion’s Employment Grant is available to ex-Service personnel and their dependants, specifically those who are unemployed or under-employed.
There are two types of Grants available:
Training, travel, accommodation and equipment Grant – Provides you with support to address unemployment or under-employment. We also consider childcare and medical costs when these are linked to difficulties around attending training. The cap for this Grant is £1,000.
Licences Grant – A licence Grant is awarded if it will assist you to find or continue work. Typically, this is to fund the provision of a professional licence that is needed for your work, for example a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence. This is a one-off Grant with a cap of £250, and you will need to budget for the licence upkeep costs in the future.
To be eligible for an Employment Grant, you will need to be a beneficiary and show you are either unemployed or under-employed.
Employment Grants are also available to ex-Service people and their dependants living in Scotland. It is designed to assist you if you are unemployed or have a low household income. The Grant can be used, for example, to fund vocational courses and pay for work-related tools. Contact Poppyscotland to apply.
How to apply
Contact Civvy Street on 0800 009 8015 or firstname.lastname@example.org to apply. One of our Area Offices may contact you to consider further assistance, or we’ll refer you to one of our partners who are able to offer advice and support.
We may need to complete an assessment form with you and then ask for evidence showing what you will use the Grant for.