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Whether trying an activity for the first time, competing Internationally, attending a course or purchasing equipment, we are here to help you to develop through sport throughout your RAF career.

Supporting You – Sports Grant Funding

As your charity, we are absolutely committed to working with you to find the best methods support you and enhance your life experiences during your time with the RAF.

We are currently able to support serving personnel through sport. We define serving personnel as:

  • Individuals currently serving in the Royal Air Force
  • Members of the Royal Air Force Reserves

We are currently unable to provide support to individuals who have retired from the RAF, Air Cadets (Air Training Corp or Combined Cadet Force) or Civil Servants. We will however always try to signpost those that we aren’t able to assist directly to the most appropriate charity or organisation.

The Fund provides financial support directly to the RAF Sports Associations. Applicants or others seeking guidance with regards to the availability of RAF Sports Association level support should contact the relevant Association.

Did you know…   In 2016 we awarded funding support in excess of £2.96 million to encourage and develop our RAF colleagues through participation in sport

Available funding 2018


Annual funding is available to assist with the costs of your chosen sports such as kit and specialist equipment, as well as competition and event entry fees. The Fund will consider support towards participation in activities which are not recognised for public funding by the Armed Forces Sports Board


Annual funding is available towards group participation in expeditions, UK and overseas visits, tours and other events. For unit kit and equipment grant funding please apply via our enrichment grant funding programme

How to Apply – funding for 2017 now closed

The following details the process for sports grant funding from the RAF Central Fund. Any applications received after the 30 September 2017 will not be eligible for funding. If your application was received before this date, it will be processed as per the guidelines below. For 2018 sports grants we are able to accept applications from 1st January 2018,  however, these will be subject to an amended policy and application form, so please visit here a few weeks prior for updates. 

  1. Read through our sports grant funding policy (see downloads) for detailed guidance and eligibility – please note if these fail to load please use an alternative web browser, such as Chrome
  2. Applications may be submitted for consideration at any time until 30 September 2017 (deadline now passed), however we are unable to support applications for retrospective funding
  3. Download, complete and save the relevant application form (please note – only these forms will be accepted in 2017, please delete any previous forms you may have saved)
  4. Once you are content you have complied with the policy and completed the form, please sign, date and forward to the relevant endorser for their approval and sign-off before submission
  5. You should then email completed application forms to Please note – only electronic applications on the current forms will be accepted
  6. We will acknowledge your submission by email. Your application is not deemed to have been received until this acknowledgement has been sent
  7. Your grant application will be individually reviewed by the grants team
  8. If approved, you will receive an email stating a time-frame of when the grant will be paid
  9. Should you be requested to provide evidence for audit purposes, please supply this within 28 days

Please note – the time frame for the grant funding process can vary from application to application. Please allow at least 6-8 weeks, from the date we receive your application, for confirmation of your grant outcome

Should you require any further assistance or are not sure if you are eligible for funding please contact us or call 01494 569135.

Support Us

You can help the Fund to make a difference – the RAF Sports Lottery is our main source of fundraising which enables us to continue supporting you throughout your time serving in the RAF. Sign up for your tickets online to be in with a chance of winning from the total prize pot of £25,000 each week. 

Make us your charity of choice – support us further by fundraising for the RAF Central Fund. Whether you are taking on a personal or team challenge, or coming together for an event, help us to help you more.

Share your story

We love to hear how our funding is supporting you or your unit, so please share your stories with us using RAF Central Fund Tell us your story and send to

We are also proud of the work we do to support you, so please show your support by featuring us on you branding. Just like your rank and epaulettes, we want you to wear our emblem correctly and with pride. Please contact us for our brand guidelines and we would be happy to supply you with a copy of our emblem!