Image illustrating 2020 ESF

Thursday 9th May 2019

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 in July 2018 announced the extension of the ESF for an additional two years – £3 million in 2018/19 and £2 million in 2019/20. 

Out of 224 applications received, requesting just short of £10 million, the 2019 ESF awarded £3 million to 76 successful applicants with funding directly benefitting approx. 25,000 Service children across the UK.

The bidding round for the 2020 ESF opens on Monday, 3 June 2019 and applicants have until 1200hrs on Monday 30 September 2019 to submit their application. Late applications cannot be considered.

Applications from England, Scotland and Wales should be forwarded to:

Applications from Northern Ireland should be forwarded to:

[email protected].

Hand written, incomplete and postal applications cannot be accepted.

Image shows Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP) poster for 2020 MOD Education Support Fund (ESF)

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.

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

The 2020 application pack, including the application form and full instructions and guidance, can be found at

See also: Education

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