ACFA Hardship Relief Fund

ACFA continues its support to our CFAVs...

The ACFA Hardship Relief Fund - a second programme has opened.

A message from our Trustees:

"We recognise that 2020 has been a difficult year for many and that some ACF adult volunteers are struggling financially as a result of the lockdowns and restrictions in place throughout the year due to COVID-19. For some, financial hardship may act as a barrier to their return to ACF volunteer service when cadet face-to-face training resumes in January 2021. We are therefore pleased to launch this second Hardship Relief Fund programme to support the ACF’s adult volunteers.”

In response to the first national lockdown in Spring 2020, ACFA established an ACFA Hardship Relief Fund to provide immediate short-term assistance to those ACF uniformed or non-uniformed volunteers, irrespective of rank, who are in a position of financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown. This fund has now re-opened with trustees launching a second programme with £190,000 allocated to it, and applications are sought from those most in need.

If you were awarded a hardship grant previously then you are able to apply again.

We would typically look to give grants in the £250 to £750 range, but will consider grants up to a maximum of £2,000.

There will be two new opportunities to apply, with the first deadline on 24 January 2021 and a final deadline on 28 February 2021.

To apply for funding from the ACFA, download the application form here. Please submit all grant applications via email to

Telephone applications are also available by calling 020 7426 8371. Please note that the office will be closed for a period over Christmas. Leave a message with your telephone number and we will contact you once the office reopens.

Please ensure you read the fund guidelines fully before submitting your application. Guidelines can be downloaded here.