The NAAFI Fund 2021 is now open for bids. As well as the continuing last year’s theme of improving life for serving personnel and their families living on or near a military base; this year the focus is on making awards that seek to improve health and wellbeing.

Units can 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.

Melloney Poole, chief executive of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, which supports the fund, explains: “If you have a good idea that will improve wellbeing, 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.”

It’s a two-stage application process and units need to submit a fifty-word summary to outlining their proposed project no later than 14 July.

Following the first round of the NAAFI Fund last year, 65 awards were made, worth £711,707.

Steve Marshall, NAAFI chief executive, said: “We are delighted to provide this valuable source of funding and to make a difference to the lives of our Armed Forces and their families. In round one we’ve funded a good mix of projects, across all three services and we are eager to see them come to life over the next few months.”

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