Our Enrichment Grant programme funds projects that enable serving RAF personnel to access sporting opportunities and physical activities.

Supporting You – Enrichment Grant Funding 2020

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

Enrichment grant funding is currently focused to support projects that benefit groups of serving personnel through sport and physical activities. We define serving personnel as all Regular and Reserve members of the Royal Air Force.

At this time, we are unable to fund individual enrichment grants or support those who have retired from the RAF, Air Cadets (Air Training Corp or Combined Cadet Force) or Civil Servants. The Fund may be able to provide support to assist wider beneficiary groups where this support is either peripheral to the serving population or where the level of funding requested is proportional. We will, however, always try to signpost those who we aren’t able to assist directly to the most appropriate charity or organisation.

Did you know…   Over the last couple of years we have provided in excess of £250,000 of support to charity partner projects, including the RAF Benevolent Fund’s refurbishment of Princess Marina House at Littlehampton

Priorities for 2020

As a charity it is vital that we continue to understand and respond to the evolving needs of the serving RAF community. The Fund aims to broaden its understanding of how the challenges of service life affect the RAF community with regards to health and fitness and develop and deliver flexible access support programmes that reach those in need.

The enrichment grant programme looks to support grants which:

  • Increasing the number of serving personnel participating in sport and physical activities;
  • Increasing the provision of sport and physical activities opportunities on stations/units;
  • Providing an opportunity for RAF serving personnel to detach from operational demands;
  • Providing positive experiences to support an increased sense of wellbeing;
  • Providing an increased sense of inclusivity within the RAF serving community
  • Ensuring RAF serving personnel and the wider RAF community feel valued.

Timetable for 2020

Applications may be submitted throughout the year, however, they will be subject to consideration by the grants Committee at one of the three Committee meetings scheduled for 2020.

Deadline dates for completed applications for 2020 are:

  • 4 February 2020
  • 6 May 2020
  • 14 September 2020

Please note – these dates may be subject to change.

Our grants team will work closely with you to ensure your tailored application is complete and ready for consideration by the grants Committee. Applications may require significant support and therefore please do factor in sufficient time for this in advance of the deadline. Please do not put forward an application that has not been discussed with us first.

How to Apply

We are able to consider a wide variety of projects for enrichment grant funding. If you have an idea for a project which is supported by your station that will enhance and enrich the lives of those around you, please contact our enrichment grant funding team who will be happy to discuss your project and tailored application process at grants@rafcf.org.uk, or call 01494 569068.

Please note – all applications must:

  • be submitted on a 2020 application form (this will be provided by us during consultation with the grants team);
  • include a contribution;
  • be endorsed by your Station Commander.

Please note – We are unable to provide funding for on-going maintenance and staff costs or support any facilities where there is a public funding commitment (scaled items).

Did you know… We have supported a huge variety of projects to date; a new bowling alley at Mount Pleasant in 2017, numerous refurbishments to community spaces, as well as transport voucher schemes supporting personnel and families based at remote overseas stations and locations

Share your story

We love to hear how our funding is supporting your station, so we can show others where our grants have benefitted personnel. Please share your stories with us at marketing@rafcf.org.uk or using the following form RAF Central Fund Tell us your story enrichment.

We are also proud of the work we do to support you, so during the application process we will work with you to see the best way to incorporate our branding within your project. If required, please contact us for our brand guidelines and we would be happy to supply you with a copy of our emblem!