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Schools & LAs Funding


Schools across Wales are being very proactive and doing some great work to ensure that their Service children are not disadvantaged due to the impact of being part of an Armed Forces family.

Click here to see examples of good practice.

Sometimes, schools and local authorities need to access additional funds in order to continue to support Service children in the most effective way. SSCE Cymru recognises that it’s not always easy identifying what funds are available, what grants are most relevant to a project and what is the best way to approach completing the application forms. 

For these reasons, we are happy to offer our support and guidance with funding opportunities. 

SSCE Cymru school survey (2019).

Most significant challenges they face in supporting their Service children: 25% of primary schools indicated Funding.

Service children – funding guidance for schools in Wales

Members of the SSCE Cymru Network produced this document to provide schools and local authorities in Wales with information about the funding streams available, along with advice on completing the application forms. The advice comes from members of the funding panels, as well as schools and local authorities that have been successful in applying for the grants.

The guidance document was initially produced in 2019 and was most recently updated in May 2021 to reflect details of the funds available for 2021/22. It primarily includes information and advice on three funding streams:

1. The MOD's ESF
2. The Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Force for Change programme
3. The Armed Forces Education Trust funding.


SSCE Cymru Funding Webinar

Welsh Government – Supporting Service Children in Education in Wales Fund (2021/22)

Welsh Government announcement: £250,000 fund to support Service children in schools across Wales

£200,000 is to be distributed to the local authorities in Wales based on funding plans developed with SSCE Cymru.

Distribution plan overview

Funding plan summary by local authority (2020/21)

Other funding

Further information and advice on these funding streams can also be found in the Service children – funding guidance for schools in Wales document.

Ministry of Defence (MOD) – Education Support Fund (ESF) (2021)

£3m available across the UK to support schools and local authorities to overcome the challenges they face as a result of significant mobility and/or deployment.

Application deadline: 30th September 2021.

Grant application pack

Armed Forces Education Trust

Collective and Collaborative grants available to help ease the difficulties that sometimes happen with the education of children of members of the Armed Forces as a result of their parents’ service.

Collective grants

Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Force for Change programme

A local grants programme, awarding grants up to £10,000 to projects supporting Armed Forces communities to become less isolated and engage more in their local area.

Application deadlines: 2nd August and 19th November 2021.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Force for Change programme

SSCE Cymru case management support

Funding can be accessed to support individual Service children with interventions.

Further information available here

Service children’s quotes

"As soon as we get used to a house, you get moved - I’ve been to four schools and moved six times."


"I lived in Nepal, then we went to Brunei, then Malaysia."


"In my eyes, you have hundreds of friends in different places."


"I’m used to moving now and mixing with the children... I’ve done it so many times, it’s just a normal thing now."


"It's ok talking over skype and that, but sometimes you just want a hug when Dad is away."


"I’ve enjoyed going around to lots of places around the world, it's adventurous and exciting."


"In my eyes, you have hundreds of friends in different places."


"My mum got a chalk board and it says how many sleeps on it with chalk, every minute it’s getting closer for him coming home."


"I don’t want him to get promoted... I want him to get promoted but I don’t want to leave."


"I might be going to boarding school so that I don’t change schools every few years."


"I've been to seven different schools; I’ve not stayed put in one school long enough."


"He has been away for six months and he is back for two weeks, then he goes away again."


"My parents were in the Army. My mum is a like a nurse and my dad went to the war in Afghanistan. I actually didn’t really know what he was doing so I was like, ‘Cool Dad, go there,’ but then I found out and thought, 'Thank God he came back alive.'"


"He signed off last week, so he will be done by the end of this year. He’s done 24 years. I find that better because he will be around a lot. He likes watching us playing rugby, so he will get to see us more."


"I’m going to a new place entirely. They don’t know anything about me and that’s a big restart and that’s really good for me."


"I moved to Wales because my dad was posted in the Army. I thought I would get bullied and I was shy when you meet new people, but I made some friends."