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 providing a minimum of £7.5m back to Armed Forces Units to invest in their own welfare projects over the course a decade. Armed Forces Units can apply for NAAFI Funding to support projects that improve the quality of life for Forces communities.

To date, grants worth almost two million have been awarded by the NAAFI Fund and Round 3 has been our most popular round yet! We have over £900,000k in the Fund this year and were delighted to receive almost 250 applications with just under half of them (£1.3m) being shortlisted for the final stages of selection by the Fund Trustee Board. The successful projects will be announced in August 2022. To see more on the projects supported so far, click here and check back regularly on our website to see new projects as they are delivered.


Projects supported


Donated to date

Round 3

Successful applicants announced August 2022.

NAAFI Fund Applications

Successful applicants from Round 3 will be announced in August 2022. Round 4 of the NAAFI Fund will open around April 2023; if you’re interested in applying, please check back on the website nearer the time. Full guidance can also be found at

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

    A weekend retreat for Devonport’s personnel support group

    A weekend retreat for Devonport’s personnel support group

    With the support of the NAAFI Fund grant, a group of service men and women from Devonport’s Personnel Support Group, (PSG) recently took part in a weekend retreat in North Cornwall. The weekend introduced many to yoga and wellbeing practices such as meditation and...

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    New rehabilitation facilities on HMS Sultan

    New rehabilitation facilities on HMS Sultan

    Towards the end of last year, HMS Sultan received a £13,000 NAAFI Fund grant to improve their primary care rehabilitation facilities. The funding has enhanced the facilities already on offer, with four new TVs, a PA system and presentation facility. The upgrades allow...

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    Mountain bikes for 350 field squadron

    Mountain bikes for 350 field squadron

    The NAAFI Fund recently awarded 350 Field Squadron, 101 Engineer Regiment with a grant to purchase eight mountain bikes, complete with stands and accessories. The Squadron sourced the bikes through a local business. Two different styles were purchased to account for a...

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