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

To date, grants worth almost two million have been awarded by the Fund Trustee Board and in Round 2 we were delighted to receive over 210 applications. 192 projects made it through to the final stages of selection and 96 successful applicants were announced in January 2022. For an overview of the winners, click here and check back on our website over the coming weeks for updates on select projects.

162

Projects supported

£1,919,744

Donated to date

Round 3

Launches in April

NAAFI Fund Applications

Round 3 of the NAAFI Fund will open in April; 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

    NEW WELLBEING HUB IN RAF ODIHAM

    NEW WELLBEING HUB IN RAF ODIHAM

    The NAAFI Fund recently supported RAF Odiham in Hampshire with £8,300 to create a new Wellbeing Hub, a day and night facility that offers classes for station personnel, expectant mothers and those returning to work post maternity leave. The idea for the hub came about...

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    WOODLAND TRANSFORMATION IN WATTISHAM

    WOODLAND TRANSFORMATION IN WATTISHAM

    This year, the NAAFI Fund contributed £20,000 to Wattisham Flying Station to help them turn neglected woodland on base into a brilliant environment for the whole community to enjoy. The idea came during the summer 2021 national lockdown, when station staff had the...

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    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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