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External Grants

The Royal British Legion directly helps thousands of beneficiaries every year. But we also provide funds to other organisations, manage trusts and scholarship funds and help the wider Armed Forces community in many ways.

External Grants programme - open to applications

The Royal British Legion's External Grants programme is open to applications from organisations running, or planning, charitable activities in support of the Armed Forces community.

Applications for projects supporting the following outcome themes will be prioritised:

  • Employment and training
  • Family support
  • Homelessness and outreach
  • Supporting the elderly

Please note that the Legion is not inviting applications for multi-year funding at this time. Applications will only be considered for 'one off' payments. Continuation funding may be applied for in following years.

The typical grant award is not likely to exceed £50,000 – smaller applications are encouraged.

If you have any questions, email externalgrants@britishlegion.org.uk. Take a look at just a few of the initiatives we support below.

For further information or to submit an application to the External Grants programme, please visit our online application portal

Blast Injury Centre

The Royal British Legion-funded Centre for Blast Injury Studies at Imperial College London is the first collaboration of its kind in the UK, where civilian engineers and scientists work alongside military doctors to reduce the effects of roadside bombs or Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

Find out about the Blast Injury Centre


The Royal British Legion MediCinema at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court, Surrey, is the UK's only dedicated cinema for recovering Service personnel.

Learn about the MediCinema

Post-Graduate Scholarship to Korea

For those finishing University who would like to continue studying, the Legion funds a unique opportunity for post-graduates to study in the South Korea. Each year in October, applications open for the scholarship, co-funded by Samsung, The Royal British Legion and the British Korean Veterans Association.

Apply for a post-graduate scholarship

Regional work support

A number of regional employment support schemes are funded around the country through the Legion's External Grants.

Regional employment support schemes