The ACF is fortunate to be very largely sponsored by the Army. Many other organisations and individuals provide additional support either to ensure that individuals are not prevented from taking up particular opportunities in the ACF, such as expeditions, through their personal financial circumstances; or to enable us to expand our range of activities into areas outside the Army’s sponsorship, such as the Outreach programme.

If you are interested in supporting the ACF, we would love to hear from you. Please contact the ACFA’s General Secretary to discuss your thoughts and ideas.

Amongst those already supporting the ACF are the following:

  • The Ulysses Trust, whose mission is to provide funding assistance to challenging expeditions and adventurous activities involving members of the Volunteer Reserve Forces and Cadet Forces of the UK in order to develop their character, initiative and leadership qualities and therefore improve morale, recruitment, retention and public esteem. In 2010 the Ulysses Trust helped dozens of ACF cadets and adult volunteers participate in expeditions.
  • The Worshipful Company of Feltmakers, (one of the Livery Companies of the City of London) generously donated £5,000 in 2010 to support ACF adult volunteers participating in overseas cadet exercises and expeditions. Successful applicants received awards of between £200-£500 each to contribute to their costs to support cadets during their overseas exercises. This year they have kindly donated a further £5,000.
  • The Matthew Bacon Bursaries were established by the Bacon family in memory of their son, Major Matthew Bacon, a former cadet from Kent ACF who went on to join the Army and was tragically killed while serving in Iraq. Four bursaries are made available annually to help cadets attend courses with the Outward Bound Trust in Scotland or Wales. The closing date for applications for 2013 is 21 January 2013.
  • ACFA Outreach is a youth diversion and early-intervention crime-prevention programme suited to youngsters who have low self-esteem or low personal achievement, are excluded from school, are socially disengaged or who engage in truancy or other behavioural problems. It is funded entirely through charitable donations to our appeal fund and further details can be found in the Outreach section.