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Army Cadet Force Association (ACFA)

The role of the Army Cadet Force Association

The Army Cadet Force Association (ACFA) is a registered charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (305962) and in Scotland (SC039057).

Supporting the ACFA

If you would like to support the work of the Association, you can donate using the Charity Checkout link.

News Items


10 DEC 20: New ACFA Grant Programmes


Conscious that these are very strange times and that the ACF’s cadets and adult volunteers have done an amazing job keeping ACF activity going in 2020, ACFA’s trustees recently decided to set up two additional lifed grant programmes to help the ACF to return to face-to-face training in April 2021.

A second ACFA Hardship Relief Fund with £190,000 allocated will be launched shortly. The funds will be released in two tranches. The first for applications to be received in late January for selection by trustees in early February, and a second tranche for applications to be received in late February with selections made in March 2021.
In 2021 we will lauch the ACFA 2021 Rejuvenation Fund in January 2021.


09 DEC 20: ACFA Scotland Care First Initiative


On 4th December 2020 ACFA Scotland launched a pilot of a free and confidential counselling service for ACFA members in Scotland and their immediate families. This has been funded by ACFA Scotland, which has engaged a company called Care First to provide the service.

ACFA Scotland is running this as a trial and will assess the value of the programme after 12 months.
The trustees of ACFA UK support our Scottish colleagues in this endeavour and look forward to learning from their experience.

ACFA is conducting research into services it can roll out in the future, including options like Care First, while continuing to support cadets and adult volunteers through other initiatives.


01 JUL 20: ACFA Hardship Relief Fund


The ACFA Hardship Relief Fund was opened in April 2020 and by the close of the scheme in June 2020 we had given out £200,000 in grants. 220 ACF adult volunteers from every ACF county received grants, ranging from under £200 to the maximum of £2,250. 57% of applications received the full sum requested and 41% of applications received partial grants. We are very pleased that we were able to help all parts of the ACF across the entire UK and we are now happy to be in the position to reopen the fund. We were also very grateful to those ACF adult volunteers who felt moved to donate to the fund.