Giving Back

At NAAFI, our mission is to improve the lived experience of our Forces communities

Welfare Contribution

As a not-for-profit organisation, we have an agreed mechanism with the Ministry of Defence to return all our trading surpluses back into supporting our Armed Forces either as direct financial contributions to the locations that generated it, or by investment in the facilities we operate.

The NAAFI Fund

Launched in 2020, the NAAFI Fund is committed to returning a minimum of £7.5m back to Armed Forces Units to invest in their own welfare projects over the next decade.

Armed Forces Units and welfare teams can apply for grants through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to support projects that improve the quality of life for Forces communities.

In Round 1 we were delighted to receive over 400 applications and to date, grants worth over £700,000 have been awarded by the Fund Trustee Board. There is £1.25M available for NAAFI Fund 2 and 193 projects have made it through to the final stages of selection, with the successful applicants due to be informed around the end of October.

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Projects supported

£750,000

Donated to date

£1.25m

Available in Round 2

NAAFI Fund Applications

Round 3 of the NAAFI Fund will open in Spring 2022; if you are interested in applying, please check back on the website nearer the time.

What can be funded?

We are particularly interested in projects or activities that will help bring people together to improve the quality of life for their communities.

For example;

  • Refurbishing recreational spaces
  • Providing mountain bikes
  • Building an outdoor community hub

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

The funding is available to UK Armed Forces wherever they are based in the world and we welcome applications from all Services. Currently, charities and other organisations are unfortunately not eligible to apply.

Apply for a grant

Applicants are invited to submit a short 50-word summary outlining their proposed project and costs. If successful, they can then make a full application for funding through the AFCFT website.

Full details about the awards made under the NAAFI Fund and how to apply can be found on the Covenant Trust’s website.

    Recent Projects

    Episkopi Station in Cyprus’ soft play area

    Episkopi Station in Cyprus’ soft play area

    The Episkopi Station in Cyprus used a 20k grant from the NAAFI Fund to renovate their soft play area. With summer temperatures regularly soaring to 40°C in the region, the community was keen to protect young people from the sun and create a community hub for all...

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    HELM Point Pool in Gibraltar

    HELM Point Pool in Gibraltar

    The NAAFI Fund recently supported Helm Point Pool, a focal point and social hub for the Forces community in Gibraltar, so they could invest in a brilliant new pool cover. Due to cool water temperatures, the season has to date been greatly reduced but £21k investment...

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    Mental health and community garden in Wales

    Mental health and community garden in Wales

    £10,000 was awarded to develop two garden areas at the Ministry of Defence St Athan base in Wales. The project aims to create attractive garden areas for Serving Personnel, their families and the wider community. The key focus of the project was to provide an...

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