Royal British Legion Employment Grants

Advice for clients wanting help with their application for an employment grant from The Royal British Legion.

As part of our service to veterans, we are the lead employment partner for The Royal British Legion (RBL). RFEA supports anyone who has served in the UK Armed Forces, regardless of rank, duration of service or reason for leaving, and can help with your application for an RBL employment grant. RFEA does not provide financial support ourselves.

RBL employment grants are available to ex-serving personnel and their families, specifically those who are unemployed or under-employed. Grants are means-tested and are designed to help if you are unemployed or have a low household income, and can be used to fund vocational courses and pay for work-related tools.

There are two types of grant available from RBL:

A training, travel, accommodation and equipment grant

This type of grant provides you with support to address unemployment or under-employment. Childcare and medical costs linked to difficulties around attending training are also considered. The cap for this grant is £1,000.

A licences grant

A licence grant is awarded if it will assist you to find or continue work. Typically, this is to fund the provision of a professional licence that is needed for your work, for example, a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence. This is a one-off grant with a cap of £250, and you will need to budget for the licence upkeep costs in the future.

How to apply

First, you need to be registered with RFEA before we can help you. You’ll be put in touch with one of our Employment Advisors, who will provide advice with your application.

Submitting an employment grant application is a major undertaking and it’s crucial to submit a strong proposal to allow the funding agency to scrutinise your application without having to request further information, which can delay the processing of your application.  You’ll need to submit written evidence to show that a grant will assist you into sustainable employment, retain your job or help with career progression.  Therefore, to improve your chance of success, your Employment Advisor will ask you to supply:

  • You’ll need two competitive quotes for the course including the company address and BACS details for the course and any associated costs i.e. accommodation, travel etc.
  • The research you’ve done to identify jobs you could apply for if you had the qualification.
  • A letter of intent from a current or potential employer (if possible).
  • Your up-to-date CV (your Advisor can help tailor your CV if needed).
  • Information on any other grants you may have received recently.
  • A personal statement including information to support your application. Talk about how completing this course will enhance your skill sets, enable career progression and potentially open better opportunities for you.

When your Employment Advisor has received the above information, they will discuss with you whether it forms part of an achievable plan and advise you on next steps. 

Points to note

  • If you have a training course planned with a date in the very near future, your grant application may not be processed in time.  Grant applications can take up to six weeks to be processed.
  • As part of your application process, you will be required by RBL to prove that you need financial assistance. This may include you providing proof of income.
  • RBL will only provide grants to those who have served one day or more in the UK’s Armed Forces. This does not apply to spouses.
  • There are no guarantees that funding will be granted and all decisions are made by RBL, not RFEA.

Register with RFEA

If you are resident in Scotland, you can also apply for help from PoppyScotland.