date for 2021 tbc
The Ministry of Defence is offering grants to groups and organisations across the UK that are planning to host an Armed Forces Day event in their community this summer.
Armed Forces Day has been celebrated annually since 2009. The Day is intended to show support for the Armed Forces and provide a much-valued morale boost for troops and their families.
Armed Forces Day 2020 celebrations begin on Monday 22 June when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks across the UK.
The 2020 National Event will be held in Scarborough on Saturday 27 June. In addition, local organisations around the country are encouraged to host a local event within two weeks of Armed Forces Day, including weekends so the dates would be Saturday 20 June to Sunday 5 July 2020.
Last year, events took place in all parts of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. They included flag raising ceremonies, picnics in the park, themed BBQs, street parties, parades, big band concerts, and live and static demonstrations. Smaller events have taken place in town halls, public buildings, schools, churches, community centres and in people’s homes.
Local councils, voluntary and community organisations, schools, ex-service organisations and individuals in the UK can apply for a grant of up £10,000 (providing the grant funding accounts for no more that 50% of the project costs).
The funding can be used to pay for:
- Road closures required to hold an event, including to allow for parades and marches.
- Decorations, flags and banners.
- Newspaper and radio advertisements to promote the event.
- Marshalling, security and first aid arrangements for the event.
- PA and communications systems.
The first step is to register an event on the Armed Forces Day website. This will enable groups to access details on how to apply for the funding.