NAAFI Fund supports serving personnel and families with more than £700,000 of funding

April 23, 2021

The NAAFI Welfare Fund Board supported by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust is pleased to announce the first awards made to Forces units across the UK and overseas under the NAAFI Fund.

65 awards worth more than £700,000 have been made to help improve the quality of life for serving personnel and their families living on or near a military base.

This year, the Fund had an additional theme of tackling boredom and isolation, particularly in mind of the Covid-19 pandemic, but more generally encouraging our serving community to use their downtime well.

Supporting Service personnel and families worldwide

Awards were made that created renovated or repurposed outdoor areas, to provide facilities for serving personnel or Service children on or near the base. Several units identified the need for a community hub for both personnel and families; and provision of bikes to help people get out and active was popular.

Units from across the UK applied, and awards were made not only in England and each of the devolved nations, but overseas too including in Naples, Gibraltar, Cyprus and France.

NAAFI Fund 2021

The NAAFI Fund has now reopened for the 2021 round.

As well as the continuing theme of improving life for serving personnel and their families living on or near a military base; this year the Fund will focus on making awards that seek to improve health and wellbeing, including mental health.

Melloney Poole, Chief Executive, AFCT explains:

“If you have a good idea that will improve wellbeing for our serving personnel and their families living on or near base, then have a look at our guidance; and then get in touch with NAAFI directly to share a short summary of what you would like to do. You’ll get feedback on whether you can fill out an application. We’ve put lots of information in our guidance to take you step-by-step through the process, which might particularly help if you have not previously applied for funding.”

This year, units can still apply for £5,000 to £20,000 and there is the added opportunity to apply for funding in excess of £20,000 for more ambitious projects of a larger scale. More information can be found in the NAAFI Fund programme guidance.

This remains a two-stage application process with units asked to submit a 50-word summary to NAAFI outlining their proposed project, no later than 14 July 2021. Successful submissions will then be invited to make a full application for funding before the deadline of 28 July 2021 with decisions made in October.

Find out more

Full details about the awards made under the NAAFI Fund and how to apply to the new round, can be found on the Trust’s website: 

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