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Monday, 1 October 2018

Reintroduction of the MOD Education Support Fund (ESF)

In light of the ongoing drawdown from Germany and to provide time for the educational authorities across the UK to bring in longer-term provision for Service children as necessary, the Secretary of State for Defence on 24 July 2018 announced the extension of the MOD Education Support Fund, on a limited basis, for an additional two years. The fund will consist of £3 million in 2018/19 and £2 million in 2019/20. 

The ESF is open to publicly funded schools, Academies and Free Schools in the UK attended by Service children whose parents are subject to exceptional mobility and/or deployment. Applications from Local Authorities in support of these schools can also be accepted.

Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP), which is the MOD’s professional focal point for all matters relating to children and young people associated with the armed forces are the lead organisation supporting the fund, as part of the MOD’s commitment to delivering the Armed Forces Covenant. Read the Instructions and Guidance for more details of eligibility and criteria.
For further information around the Education Support Fund and access to the application pack, please

MOD Education Support Fund (ESF) –  2019 Bidding Round Dates

A reminder that following the announcement by the Defence Secretary that the ESF would be extended for an additional two years, the bidding round for 2019 opened Fri 14 Sep 18, closing at 1800 on Fri 19 Oct 18.

The ESF is open to publicly-funded schools, Academies and Free Schools in the UK attended by Service children whose parents are subject to exceptional mobility and/or deployment. Applications from Local Authorities in support of these schools can also be accepted.

Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP), which is the MOD’s professional focal point for all matters relating to children and young people associated with the armed forces, are the lead organisation administering and supporting the fund.

Service parents are encouraged to raise awareness of the ESF at their child’s school – further information is available at:   https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mod-support-fund-for-schools-with-service-children-grant-application-pack


Any queries should be addressed to DCYP: DCYP-MOD-ESF-Mailbox@mod.gov.uk