Do you have a question about the Veterans' Foundation?

Since the Veterans’ Foundation began in 2016, we have given over £3.5M to more than 250 armed forces charities and charitable organisations.  The organisations that have received grants from the Veterans’ Foundation are based across the UK and offer varied approaches to the problems faced by people who are, or were, in the armed forces.

As examples, we support projects that:

  • Reduce homelessness
  • Increase employment
  • Provide welfare and medical support
  • Increase confidence and social integration
  • Reduce dependence on drugs and alcohol
  • Support other charitable activities that may be needed
General Queries
  • What is the Veterans' Foundation?

    The Veterans' Foundation is a charity that provides funds to charities and other organisations that support serving and former members of the British Armed Forces, operationally qualified seafarers, and their dependents, who are in need. It acquires its funds through the Veterans’ Lottery and donations. The Veterans' Foundation primarily supports low and medium-wealth charities that need funds to continue their good work.

 

  • Are you a registered charity?

    The Veterans’ Foundation is registered as a charity in England and Wales with the Charity Commission (No. 1166953) and with OSCR in Scotland (No. SCO46571). The Veterans’ Foundation is a member of Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities) and Veterans Scotland. The charity is also registered with Companies House.

 

  • I never hear from you

    Please inform our admin team that you wish to receive Veterans’ Foundation’s monthly newsletter. Email: enquiries@veteransfoundation.org.uk
Donations
  • How can I donate to the Veterans’ Foundation?

You can choose to donate to Veterans’ Foundation through a one-off donation or a monthly donation. Make a donation here.

You can also donate by post.

Donations will be passed to those charities and organisations helping our armed forces and Veterans who are in need.

The Veterans’ Lottery
  • What is the Veterans’ Lottery?

    The Veterans’ Lottery was established in July 2016 as a funding source to help members of the UK’s armed forces and Veterans who are in need.

 

  • When is the draw for the Veterans’ Lottery?

    The draw for the Veterans’ Lottery is the last day of each month.

 

 

  • Is my £10 a month qualified for Gift Aid?

    The money you give for your lottery membership doesn't qualify for Gift Aid because it is a fixed payment (where you are receiving your lottery entry in return for the money) as opposed to a donation.

 

  • How much does the Veterans’ Lottery cost and what do I receive?

    The Veterans’ Lottery operates through subscribers committing to a monthly direct debit of £10. When you join, you will be sent a unique Veterans’ Lottery membership card bearing your name and number. The lottery draw takes place on the last day of each month and lottery winners are posted on the Veterans’ Foundation website soon afterwards. All winners are also contacted directly.

In addition to the Veterans’ Lottery membership card, you will be offered a complimentary Gourmet Society membership (worth £79.99 annually) for as long as you sustain the Veterans’ Lottery direct debit. This membership can save you up to 50% in over 7,500 restaurants and pubs nationwide. Should you wish to use the service you must activate the membership on receipt of your Veterans’ Lottery documentation.

 

  • What is the prize breakdown?

    Currently, the Veterans' Lottery has 12 monthly prizes - £5,000, £2000 plus ten £100 prizes. The lottery also has a rollover fund which often pushes the top prize to £25,000.

The Veterans’ Lottery prizes consist of the first prize of £5,000, the second prize of £2,000 and ten prizes of £100. There is also a rollover prize that grows as the lottery grows. If the monthly winner’s rollover number matches that drawn by the random number generator, you win the rollover prize as well as the first prize. If the numbers aren’t a match, the rollover pot carries over to a maximum total prize of £25,000. The Veterans’ Lottery rollover, if unclaimed, grows by 3% of the monthly lottery income. See Veterans’ Lottery Winners here.

 

  • How has the Veterans’ Lottery grown?

    The Veterans’ Lottery was started in July 2016 and the first draw saw just 100 people take part with prizes of circa £8K. That meant in the very early months the lottery lost money but this was factored in the charity's forecasts. The losses were covered by donations from kind benefactors who believed that by year two the Veterans' Lottery will have established itself as one of the most important sources of funding for British veterans in need. The lottery now has over 40,000 players and by May 2020 had distributed £3.2M to 229 organisations.

 

  • What percentage of my Lottery membership goes to veterans?

    In 2018/19, 51% of the Veterans’ Lottery income was passed to veterans in need. This compares very favourably to other major national lotteries which vary between 20-30%. Costs in running the Veterans’ Lottery to official guidelines include an annual remote and non-remote licence issued by the Gambling Commission, prizes, marketing, auditing, verification checks, data protection, creation and postage of membership packs and membership cards, Gourmet Society membership for all cardholders, secure website hosting and random number generators held in secure environments.

In the last six months, 58% of lottery income was passed to good causes. Percentage figures can alter seasonally and are dependant on outside factors like advertising costs and environmental issues such as Covid-19.

 

  • How is the Veterans' Lottery sold?

    To keep costs to a minimum, and maintain the growth plan that ensures as many people as possible can be helped, the Veterans' Lottery is sold online on the Veterans' Foundation website, through active fundraising teams and advertised elsewhere through social media.

 

  • Where can I find the results of the Veterans' Lottery and when is the draw made?

    The draw takes place in a secure environment, in either Birmingham or Manchester, on the last day of every month. It is made by one of two random number generators. The winners are posted here on the Veterans' Foundation website.

Winners are personally notified and prizes are paid within five working days.

 

  • How many Veterans’ Lottery tickets can I have?

    You are allowed up to five Veterans’ Lottery tickets.

 

  • Can I choose my own Veterans’ Lottery numbers?

    No, the Veterans’ Lottery numbers are automatically allocated and your numbers will be the same for every draw. Your lottery membership number is 5 digits long, you also have a rollover number which will be either 1,2 or 3. The Veterans’ Lottery rollover only comes into play for the 1st prize winner.

 

  • How can there be a Veterans’ Lottery rollover every month?

    The Veterans’ Lottery rollover is a sum of money potentially available to the 1st prize winner. It accumulates each month that it isn’t won, so the value of the rollover can vary considerably.

Each month, 3% of the ticket sales for that month’s draw are added to the Veterans’ Lottery rollover.

The maximum pay-out (1st Prize and Rollover combined) is currently £25,000. As the 1st Prize is £5000 then the rollover is capped at £20,000. During the period the maximum rollover fund is unclaimed, a second rollover fund builds. This fund becomes active as soon the first rollover pot is won.

 

  • I signed up to the Veterans’ Lottery weeks ago and have not received my card yet

    You will have received an automated email upon joining, please check your spam/junk folder if it has not arrived. Veterans’ Lottery cards take up to three weeks to arrive, but if it has been longer than that please email: enquiries@veteransfoundation.org.uk and our admin team will look into it.

 

  • I want to change my address

    Please notify our admin team of any changes, email: enquiries@veteransfoundation.org.uk

 

  • I need to inform you of a change to bank details

    Please call us on 0333 999 3899 and we will make the adjustment on your behalf.

 

  • Can I change my Direct Debit date?

    No, the Direct Debit date is the 20th of every month for everyone. All funds have to be received in our bank account before the Veterans’ Lottery draw (midday on the last day of the month) in order for a member to be entered into the draw.

 

  • How can I cancel my Veterans' Lottery membership?

    You may close your account (and terminate your agreement with us) at any time by sending an email from your registered email address to enquiries@veteransfoundation.org.uk expressly requesting account closure. Please see the Veterans' Lottery Terms and Conditions for more information.

 

  • How do I know my money has been taken?

    The Direct Debit reference on your bank statements starts with “VFL”.

 

  • I can’t put my card details in, my card isn’t being accepted.

    Please try signing up using a different device or you can apply via post.

 

  • I don’t like putting my bank details online

    You can also sign up to play the Veterans’ Lottery via post. Please print out and fill in this form and send it to the address found on the form.

 

  • Can I pay with cash?

    There is an option to play the Veterans’ Lottery via cheque, you need to complete the play by post form and send a cheque for £120. When the cheque clears you will be entered into the Veterans’ Lottery for 12 months.
The Gourmet Society
  • How do I get my free gift?

    Your free gift is a membership to the Gourmet Society. You will receive a unique code that gives you access to the Gourmet Society on the letter you have received with your Veterans’ Lottery card. Download the Gourmet Society App to your phone and enter the code. You can also use the link found on the letter and enter the code online.

 

  • If I cancel my Veterans’ Lottery membership will my Gourmet Society membership continue?

    No. Your Gourmet Society membership is only valid for as long as you are a member. If you sign up to Gourmet Society via the website your discount card will only last 12 months, membership on the app last for as long as you play the veterans Lottery.

 

  • I can’t see what restaurants near me accept the Gourmet Society card.

    Click here to see what restaurants accept the Gourmet Society card.
Applying for a grant
  • Who can apply for a grant from the Veterans’ Foundation?

    The Veterans’ Foundation endeavours to make the grant process straightforward. Charities and organisations conducting charitable activities for serving and former members of the UK’s armed forces and their dependants may apply. We support a wide variety of projects such as those that reduce homelessness, increase employment, provide welfare and medical support, increase confidence and social integration, as well as reducing dependence on alcohol and drugs.

 

  • How do the Veterans’ Foundation Trustees decide what charities receive a grant?

    The trustees will consider any grant application that is helping past or present members of the British Armed Forces, operationally qualified seafarers, and their immediate dependants, who are in need. We support charities, community interest companies and other organisations that are conducting charitable activity. Start-ups need to provide a competent business case and the Veterans' Foundation grants should not be used to develop profit. The wealth of different organisations and the amount of funds we have available will play a part in who obtains a grant.

 

  • When does the Veterans’ Foundation allocate grants?

    Veterans’ Foundation allocates grants four times a year, usually at the end of January, April, June and October.

 

  • What is the largest Veterans’ Foundation grant I can ask for?

    Currently, the maximum grant for which you can apply is currently £30K.

 

  • What is the duration of each Veterans’ Foundation grant?

    You may spread the grant of £30K over one to 3 years.

 

  • How often can I apply for a grant?

    You may apply for a grant when you need one.

 

  • Is there a Deadline for my grant application?

    You should submit bids by the end of the month preceding the grant-giving meeting.

 

If you need further advice, send your query to grants@veteransfoundation.org.uk or call us on 0333 999 3899.

Financial information
  • How much of Veterans’ Foundation money goes to the veterans?

    From 2016 - June 2020, 100% of donations have gone directly to projects funded by the Veterans’ Foundation. In future, a nominal percentage of donations will be used to cover costs of advertising for donations and fundraising.

 

  • What are Veterans’ Foundation’s costs?

    The costs of running a national charity and a national lottery (governed to strict regulations) have been kept to a minimum. After having relied on benefactors to support the running costs of the Veterans’ Lottery for the first 12 months, the Veterans’ Foundation is self-supporting. It keeps running costs to the bare minimum, about 3%, therefore maximising amounts available for grants.