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Finding a job can be one of the hardest parts of leaving the Armed Forces, but we can provide financial assistance to help you find suitable work.

What is an employment grant?

Our employment grant is available to ex-serving personnel and their families, specifically those who are unemployed or under-employed.

There are two types of grants available:

  • A 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.
  • A 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.

Who can apply?

To be considered for an employment grant, you will need to be a part of the Armed Forces community and show you are either unemployed or under-employed. Our grants are also available to those living in Scotland.

The grant is designed to help if you are unemployed or have a low household income, and can be used to fund vocational courses and pay for work-related tools.

How to apply

Contact Civvy Street on 0800 009 8015 or email civvystreet@britishlegion.org.uk to apply. One of our area offices may contact you to discuss your application further, or we’ll refer you to one of our partners who are able to offer advice and support.

If you are in Scotland please contact Poppyscotland to apply.

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