The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) has issued over £2.4 million in funding to 26 charities that support Naval Service personnel, veterans and their families across the UK.

Each charity plays a vital role supporting sailors and Royal Marines by carrying out projects that, for example, provide emotional and financial assistance to their children and dependants. Other schemes will see older and disabled ex-Service men and women assisted with transitioning into employability after life in the Service, or help them cope with combat-related stress or physical ailments.

The number of applicants seeking financial support from the principal charity of the Royal Navy represents the largest ever, increasing by 15 per cent over the same period last year.

Robert Robson, Chief Executive Officer of The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, said: “As a grant-making charity it is our job to identify where the need is greatest within the Naval Service community and support as many of our beneficiaries as we can through the grants we make; in this case to the frontline charities making a difference to people’s lives.

“The ability to distribute £2,430,280 to the veterans’ community and families is central to our vision of a world in which our sailors, marines and their families are valued and supported for life.”

Supporting charities nationwide

The funds will benefit a number of charities who are well known on both a regional and national level, such as the Plymouth Drake Foundation, which is a community charity supporting Naval Service families in the naval city through leisure and arts projects; Combat Stress, which helps ex-service personnel suffering from psychological injuries and mental health problems; and the Sailors Children’s Society, which is aiming to support over 300 disadvantaged Service children in the UK with its grant of £120,000.

Other beneficiaries in the latest round of funding include those who have long-standing relationships with us as a major source of their funds. The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust (RNBT), which provides support to Royal Naval ratings and Royal Marines other ranks and their families; and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund (RNRMCF), which is the only charity dedicated to supporting children whose parents work, or have worked, for the Naval Service.

New applicants

The grants will also help a number of charities that have successfully been awarded funding for the first time, including the SSAFA Norton House at Headley Court in Surrey, which provides a place to stay for families who have a loved one undergoing treatment or rehabilitation at Headley Court and SSAFA St Vincent’s, which is a residential care home for Forces veterans on the Isle of Wight.

The list of newly awarded applicants also includes Broughton House, which is the sole independent provider of nursing and residential care for veterans of the armed forces and merchant navy in the North West; Royal British Legion (RBL) Industries, which helps ex-Armed Forces personnel gain independence through employment; and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Widows Association, which provides support, guidance and comfort to those who have experienced the trauma of bereavement.

Anne Carr, Head of Grants at The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, said: “The range of organisations and projects we have identified is wide. Each year we endeavour to increase our levels of support to Naval and military charities and therefore welcome applicants for our 2016 programme, which will open in September 2015.”

Summary of funding:

The funds will reach charities across the UK throughout the year. Please find below full list of supported charities:

RNRMC Benevolence Grants awarded (March 2015)




Blind Veterans UK


Broughton House


Combat Stress




HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust


Hong Kong Locally Employed Personnel




Not Forgotten Association


Plymouth Drake Foundation


Poppy Factory


Poppy Scotland


Queen Alexandra Hospital Home


Regular Forces Employment Agency (RFEA)


RN & RM Widows' Association


Royal British Legion (RBL) Industries


Royal Naval Benevolent Trust (RNBT)


Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children's Fund (RN&RMCF)


Royal Sailor's Rests (Aggies')


Royal Star and Garter Homes


Sailors Children’s Society


SSAFA Forces Help-Norton Home Headley Court


SSAFA Forces Help-St Vincent’s


SSAFA - Casework




Veterans Aid