The Government has committed nearly £70m to military charities and other good causes over the next five years.
The new funding was announced in last week’s summer Budget and comes from banking fines.
This includes £50m to the Cadet Expansion Programme to increase the number of cadet units in state schools to 500 by 2020.
Martin Coles, chief executive of the Sea Cadets said the support was evidence of the value that investing in young people could bring.
“Sea Cadets has been working with the government as part of the Cadet Expansion Programme for two years,” he said. “We’ve seen a significant impact on young people through our work, helping them to gain life skills and confidence, and in some cases it’s had a transformative effect on attendance and behaviour in schools.”
The Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League will receive £5m to support former service men and women from the Commonwealth, while £3m will go to the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association to increase annuities for cross holders and pay for the charity’s 75th anniversary celebrations.
Some £2m will be spent on regenerating the National Memorial Arboretum memorial to ‘protect its long-term future’ and “preserve it for the next generation”, the Budget report said.
The Defence Medical Welfare Services will receive half a million pounds of funding for the provision of welfare services to members of the armed forces who are in hospital.
The Children’s Air Ambulance will receive £2m to increase the service to two helicopters by the end of 2016.
Andy Williamson, chief executive of the Air Ambulance Service, which operates the national Children’s Air Ambulance, said: “Currently, our service can reach about one in three patients who need our help. With a second helicopter, we should be able to meet nearly all the demand for emergency paediatric transfers from hospitals to specialist centres.”
Ludlow Museum will receive £250,000, while US non-profit organisation Team Rubicon will get £2.5m to establish an organisation in the UK that uses ex-military personnel to support disaster relief efforts overseas. The Clock Tower Foundation will receive £3 million for a Special Forces rehabilitation centre.
Meanwhile, there will also be support for victims of domestic abuse. The government has announced a £3m fund, not from banking fines, to encourage innovative approaches such as refuge provision to help those suffering from domestic abuse.