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Royal International Air Tattoo

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Royal International Air Tattoo
Royal International Air Tattoo
Royal International Air Tattoo
Royal International Air Tattoo

Our Purpose


The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust's mission is: 

  • To Promote the Royal Air Force and Inspire young people and RAF personnel to fulfil their potential in air, space, and technology. 

We do this by: 

  • Staging the Royal International Air Tattoo and other similar activities
  • Giving financial grants to satisfy the Trust's objects
  • Funding scholarships and other awards 

The Trust gives grants directly to groups, but also uses partner organisations to maximise reach and utilise expertise. Every year is slightly different as partnerships are developed over time and demand for grant types vary. Some of our highlights include: 

  • Awarding £6.7 million in grants, since 2005, focussing on STEM projects and flying and engineering scholarships with the aim of inspiring young people, providing them with opportunities to explore futures in air, space, and technology
  • Providing a year-long STEM competition for 300 primary schools, culminating at RIAT each year
  • Funding 180 Junior Ranks Pilot Scholarships since 2005, giving young members of the RAF an insider's view of aviation
  • Sponsoring the Scouts Air Activities badge, awarding 58,000 badges in 2022
  • Inspiring 40 engineer leaders of the future by funding Arkwright Engineering Scholarships for their sixth form studies.


The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust is a registered charity in England and Wales with Charity No 1176054.

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