BFBS grants are available to support those amenities, activities and projects that promote the efficiency of the Armed Forces (both regular and reserve) but which do not generally attract public funds. They fall into 3 categories:
1. Welfare Grants. Applications may be made for grants which improve the quality of life and wellbeing of service personnel and their families. When necessary, priority will be given to support those on operational deployments or living in arduous conditions. Where applications are made for equipment, grants will generally only be given for capital costs; running costs will be the responsibility of the applicant. Applications should be made to BFBS through the applicant’s parent Command headquarters: PJHQ (for operational deployments), Fleet, Land and Air (for all others) and then forwarded with recommendations and any additional comments to [email protected]
2. Sports Grants. Because funding is readily available for single service level sport through other sources (such as sports lotteries), applications for sports grants will, in general, only be considered for competitive sports undertaken at Armed Forces level and Inter Services competitions. Each year BFBS makes a substantial block grant towards Armed Forces level sport and Inter Services competitions which is allocated and administered by the UK Armed Forces Sports Board (UKAFSB). Therefore, applications for grants in support of Armed Forces sport and Inter Services competitions should, in the first instance, be made to the UKAFSB which may approach BFBS if a compelling case can be made for additional support beyond the annual block grant.
3. Adventurous Training Grants. Grants will be considered in support of tri-service or major single service Adventurous Training (AT) expeditions which have been formally endorsed by the relevant service AT authority. Expeditions must be both ambitious in their aim and unique in the delivery and/or environment. Successful applicants will be expected to plan and exploit media opportunities through a variety of channels and platforms.