Part 4 – Advice to Units Applying for a Ulysses Trust Grant
This advice complements and extends the brief information given in DIN Reference 2014DIN07-145 dated September 2014.
Criteria for Financial Support
The Ulysses Trust provides grants to expeditions in order to:
- Enhance morale, recruitment, retention, and public esteem of Reserve and Cadet Forces; and to
- Help develop the characteristics of leadership, teamwork, confidence, initiative, self-discipline and judgement of their individual members.
The Ulysses Trust is also keen to support expeditions that include voluntary social action or community service at home or abroad. It has pledged to support the principles of the I will campaign of the charity Step Up To Serve, which encourages young people to engage in voluntary social action.
In completing the application form, applicants and sponsoring unit commanders should think carefully about and show how plans and proposals are aligned to these objectives, and how such outcomes will be assessed and demonstrated. This will be the primary consideration in the appraisal of your bid by the UT Applications Committee.
The secondary factor is Need. The Trust is particularly focused on making opportunities it supports affordable to all, regardless of means or backgrounds. Applications which show a clear commitment to this, and can demonstrate cases of special need, will receive more sympathetic consideration.
Recording, in the Application Form, whether any Cadets on the expedition are in receipt of Free School Meals is therefore obligatory. It is appreciated that this can be a sensitive matter, and information not always forthcoming, in which case the Don’t Know field should be used.
The following factors are also considered:
- The originality and degree of challenge in mounting and undertaking the expedition.
- The contribution of expedition members to the leadership and planning.
- The degree of broader educational or developmental benefits to individual participants.
- Whether it includes an element of voluntary social action or community service, and to what extent that reflects the six principles of the I Will campaign.
- Other benefits accruing, such as training potential for future leaders for VR and Cadet Force expeditions, or the gaining of qualifications (by way of example, these might include specific Adventurous Training (AT) skills, Duke of Edinburgh Award qualifications or ILM certification).
- The number of VR and/or Cadet Force members on the expedition.
- The potential of the unit to fundraise, the effort made to acquire other funds, and the difficulty of so doing.
- Whether adult participants are paid and in receipt of CILOR or not, the reasons for this, and the level of commitment and contributions of the sponsoring unit.
- The level of essential personal contributions as a proportion of the overall costs. Note: Grants are not normally more than 33% of overall expedition costs.
- The backgrounds, any special aspect to, and needs of the participants. The Trust is keen to enable opportunities that it supports to be available to all eligible candidates, regardless of means or background.
- Other steps taken to ensure the inclusivity of the opportunity.
- The scientific and technical, educational or community service content which may enhance the value of an expedition.
- The public interest value, with particular emphasis on scale, objectives, locations and characteristics of expeditions which can claim to be unique and thus attract media interest; or what, why or how local interest can be generated.
- The Commanding Officer’s statement on his reasons for supporting the expedition, and outcomes expected. This should consider, inter alia, the overall impact or return from the grant to the individuals, unit, the VR or Cadets, the Ulysses Trust, and local communities /society generally.
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