A foundation that supports veterans by offering grants to help deliver life-changing projects has announced awards of more than £800,000 to UK military charities.
The Veterans’ Foundation (VF) announced the funding following its latest meeting of the trustees, handing 38 UK-based military charities much-need funds that will contribute to helping British veterans in need.
It means the Veterans’ Foundation has now given in excess of £4.6 million in grants to more than 270 charities since 2016.
The foundation says the awards are all thanks to players of the national Veterans’ Lottery plus fundraising from those who have directly donated to the VF.
David Shaw, Veterans’ Foundation CEO, said: “These grants will make a huge difference to many people.
“Again, the grants will help a wide cross-section of needs, such as helping veterans counter mental health challenges, providing health and well-being activities, supporting families whose spouses may be on operations, helping veterans gain employment and helping those who may have disfigurements from wounds.
“None of this would be possible without your help in playing the lottery and making donations, so once again, thank you."
He added: “Charities are undergoing a tough time at the moment as they are not able to hold their usual fundraising activities, for instance events, fundraising in shopping centres or holding functions and this means that the money we are able to provide them is all the more important.
“The Veterans’ Foundation mostly conducts its business online so we are in a strong position to help others. Please keep supporting us and enjoy the increase in prizes that have been advertised already.”
Among those charities receiving the latest grants were Launchpad, The Veterans Charity, British Forces Foundation, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, RBLI, Forces in the Community and the Soldiers’ Arts Academy. Click here to play the Veterans’ Lottery.
*The VF trustees meet four times a year to debate all grant applications. If you represent a UK-based military charity and would like to apply for a standard grant of up to £30,000 and salary grant up to £40,000, please click here to find out more.