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The Trust

The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust is the youngest member of the Royal Air Force family but the Charitable Trust has had a significant impact on the lives of many people.

Its strength lies in its ability to support such a wide range of projects and initiatives benefitting RAF serving personnel, young people and veterans.

The Trustees award grants to those people and projects that they assess to be most worthy of financial support and most closely aligned to their charitable objectives.

The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust's mission is:

  • to PROMOTE the Royal Air Force, to SUPPORT its people now and into the future and to ENCOURAGE air-mindedness and the aviation-related education of youth.

This will be achieved, primarily, through:

  • the staging of the Royal International Air Tattoo, the Royal Air Force Concerts and other similar activities and
  • the giving of grants to satisfy the Trust's objects.

Who is eligible to apply for grants?

Charities and organisations that are part of the 'Royal Air Force family' are invited to submit bids for project based grants, which meet the Trust's mandate. Trustees of the RAFCT meet quarterly and will approve applications for grants.

How is money raised for the Trust?

The majority of our revenue is raised through the activities of the Trust's trading company, The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises, based at Douglas Bader House, Fairford, Gloucestershire, who organise, amongst other things, the world famous Royal International Air Tattoo and a prestigious national tour by the bands of the Royal Air Force each year.

Additionally donations can be made direct to the RAFCT or by visiting and searching for RAFCT. Alternatively you can click here for more information.

Registered Office:
The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust
Douglas Bader House
Horcott Hill
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1285 713300 ext. 5629
Fax: + 44 (0)1285 713268

The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust is a registered charity in England and Wales with Charity No 210848