Part 1 – Applying For A Grant – General Guidance

Purpose of the Trust

The Ulysses Trust (UT) is a registered Charity that encourages and provides financial assistance for challenging expeditions and adventurous activities by the Volunteer Reserve (VR) and Cadet Forces of the UK in order to:

  • Enhance their morale, recruitment, retention, and public esteem; 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 encourage expeditions or projects that embrace social action and/or community service at home or abroad, and is a pledged supporter of the I Will campaign.


All Volunteer Reserve (including University Units) and Cadet Forces are eligible to apply for a grant to help with the financial cost of mounting an expedition. Expeditions must be sponsored by a Unit or HQ, but participants can be drawn from multiple units or other services. Exceptionally grants will be made for individuals taking part in civilian run expeditions, particularly where it can be shown that an appropriate unit expedition is not readily available and that there will be long term benefit to the unit. In such cases, individuals will still need to be sponsored through a Unit. Examples of civilian organisations that might be approved are: British Exploring Society, Outposts, Raleigh International, and Trekforce.

Levels of Grants

Grants made range from a few hundred pounds for small or less ambitious expeditions to £5000 or more for major expeditions involving larger numbers. Occasionally, significantly larger sums are made to particularly ambitious expeditions, though it is essential to discuss these with the Trust at the outset of planning, ideally a year ahead, before applying.

Making an Application

Applications must be made through the Ulysses Trust Website. We have endeavoured to make the conditions and processes as simple and responsive as possible. Applicants should understand, however, that we are unable to meet all requests for our assistance, so we need sufficient information to ensure that our grants are distributed as effectively and fairly as possible, and aligned to the Trust’s purpose and objectives.

It is important that applicants also read Advice to Units Applying for a Grant, before submitting an application.

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