Forces in Mind Trust was founded in November 2011 by a £35 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund (now The National Lottery Community Fund). As a member of Cobseo – the Confederation of Service Charities and a permanent member of its Executive Committee, the Trust works within the military charities sector, and much more widely, to support the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces Community.
The engine of the Trust is the Programmes Committee, which drives an annual award programme to a variety of organizations in accordance with the Grants and Commissioning Plan. The Plan comprises a coherent set of seven Programmes, each with desired beneficiary outcomes and guiding priorities derived from a robust theory of change model, and encompassing an influence and exploitation plan.
The Trust is unique within this sector, and in 2018 launched its ‘Third Age’ strategic approach, which puts measurable impact at its core.