Funded by NAAFI

The NAAFI Fund

The NAAFI Fund makes grants to UK Armed Forces bases, located in the UK or overseas, for projects that improve the quality of life for serving personnel and serving families living on or near a Forces base or station.

Grants of £5,000 to £20,000 available

Stage one application closes 14 July 2021

Projects or activities that improve the quality of life for serving personnel or their families

Introduction

The NAAFI Fund makes grants to UK Armed Forces bases, located in the UK or overseas, for projects that improve the quality of life for serving personnel and serving families living on or near a Forces base or station.

The NAAFI Fund comes from funding made available by the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI). The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust is administering the NAAFI Fund on behalf of NAAFI.

Eligibility

This funding is only available to UK Armed Forces bases and stations. Applications can be made by UK bases that are located overseas.

By base, we mean the place your Service personnel are stationed. As we welcome applications from all three Services, this could be an Army base, air base or station,  Naval base or other associated military establishment.

Charities and other organisations are not eligible to apply for this programme. An Armed Forces base could, however, choose to work with a charity or other local organisation as part of their project.

A full list of eligibility criteria is available in the programme guidance below.

What’s available?

Grants of £5,000 to £20,000 are available for up to a year.

A small number of grants in excess of £20,000 may also be awarded, for more ambitious projects.

Themes and priorities

Grants should be used to help serving personnel and their families be healthier and more active as well as providing activities or enhancing spaces to socialise, to improve their mental health.

The people who benefit from the grant must be serving members of HM Armed Forces, or their families, living on or near a base or station.

Grants can be used to refurbish spaces or purchase equipment.

You can also use grants for staff costs or fees, but you should be able to show us how an activity would be sustained at the end of the grant period if there is an ongoing need.

There is more information in the programme guidance.

Application process

To apply, you need to send a summary of your idea, in 50 words or less, to welfaregrant@naafi.co.uk

If your idea broadly fits with the NAAFI Fund programme, then you will be given a unique code and the link to the online application form.

You’ll then be able to fill out the application form, through the link that you will be sent.

You can see the questions that you will be asked in the application form in the guidance and resources section below.

Deadlines and dates to note

Stage one : 50-word summary. This should be received by NAAFI no later than 14 July 2021.

Stage two: full application. This should be submitted via our online portal, no later than 28 July 2021.

Stage two applicants will receive a decision in October 2021.

Guidance and resources

We strongly recommend you read the programme guidance in full before applying.

If your initial 50-word summary is approved by NAAFI, you’ll receive a link to our online application portal, to complete your full application. We encourage you to take a look at the application questions before beginning your online application. Please note, this is for reference only. You can also view the terms and conditions to receiving an award from this programme, here.

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