Our charity: Supporting the military community

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Broadcasting and delivering media services to our armed forces may be our primary responsibility, but we also provide much-needed funding to support military individuals, families and communities.

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Welfare Fund

Each year we give funds to projects benefiting the military and their families.

These range from children’s play areas on military bases and equipment for families to keep in touch with loved ones deployed abroad, to expeditions and media equipment on ships and submarines.

Find out more and apply for funding here.


The BFBS Big Salute

In addition to our welfare grants programme is The BFBS Big Salute – our annual fundraising campaign which raises money for armed forces charities.

Each year we invite forces charities to apply for grants to support specific projects for the serving military, families or veterans.

Supporters in the military community then raise money through events and other fundraising initiatives or by simply donating. Every penny raised goes to the beneficiary projects.

Charities who have benefited over the years include the Royal Air Forces Association, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, Bournemouth War Memorial Homes and Winchester Sea Cadets.

If you are a military charity, you can apply for BFBS Big Salute funding here.

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Funding for military sport

We not only champion military sport by broadcasting and livestreaming it, we also provide funding for a wide range of activities each year.

Our grants support popular sports such as cricket and skiing, as well as underfunded sports – netball and judo, for instance.

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Operation Ice Cream

We enjoy getting to know our audience in person.

So, every year we take part in daytime events at military bases and community centres in the UK and Europe.

Plus, to the joy of many, we give out the treat of free ice cream.

For more information, email: [email protected] or follow the link below.

Forces Media Academy

Service leavers and veterans

We are committed to supporting service leavers and veterans: from providing vocational training when they leave the forces to employing service leavers within our organisation and keeping them connected with the latest news and stories from the military community. We have also pledged our support to the Armed Forces Covenant.