The Constitution of the charity defines the objectives as:
For the public benefit the advancement of education (including social and physical training) of people under the age of 25 years who are or were dependents of serving or former members of the Armed Forces of the Crown in such ways as the charity trustees think fit, including by:
- Awarding such persons scholarships, maintenance allowances or grants tenable at any school or university, college or institution of higher education
- Providing their education (including the study of music, other arts or sports), to undertake travel in furtherance of that education or to prepare for entry into any occupation, trade or profession on leaving the educational establishment
- Providing to educational and training establishments secondary funding to enable additional resources (not otherwise available) to be made available to support the education of such persons
In meeting these objectives the Trustees will follow the criteria outlined below:
- The core applicant base is the children of those service men and women currently serving in the armed forces
- Children of applicants should normally have experienced a detrimental impact educationally because of a parent’s service
- The Trust welcomes applicants from ex service personnel but applications related to children born after the parents have left the service are unlikely to succeed as these children will probably not have experienced a detrimental educational impact due to service life.
The Trust will distinguish between individual and collective funding grants.
- An Individual grant is a grant awarded to a single child who requires funds to support education as defined in the Trust objectives. Applications for Individual grants may come direct from parents/ guardians or jointly with the child’s school.
- A Collective grant is a grant awarded to an education provider (normally a school or education authority) which then provides educational support for a group of service pupils. The Trust recognises that such support can include specific educational interventions and/or support by or through Emotional Literacy Support Advisors (ELSAs)
Acknowledging the need to maintain fiscal probity Trustees will determine annually the amount of funding available for Individual and Collective grants.
The Trust will not normally give grants for university tuition fees where a student loan is available.
The Trust will maintain a board of Trustees with the relevant skill sets to understand the challenges faced by service pupils as well as a working knowledge of the current education system at all levels including reception, Key Stages 1-5, and tertiary education. This skill set of Trustees will be reviewed annually by the Chair of Trustees.
The Trust will endeavour to reach as wide a base of service personnel as possible particularly ensuring that it is accessible to other ranks of all three services.
The Trust will endeavour to work closely with COBSEO, SCISS, the Directorate of Children and Young People, CEAS, SSCE Wales, SSAFA, The Families Federations and any other charities supporting service children in education.
The Trust recognises that, from time to time, it may need to recruit advisors to assist in specialised areas (eg. education, marketing, IT)
The above criteria will be review annually.