The centralised nature of the RNRMC allows extensive almonisation* of funds by our grants team. This team has access to various funds within the RNRMC Group and also the allocation made to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines by the Nuffield Trust for the Forces of the Crown.

Origins of the Nuffield Trust for the Forces of the Crown

The shadows of war were creeping across Europe during the early summer of 1939. The Conscription Act had been passed and young Territorials were being called to Colours. Lord Nuffield greatly admired the universal willingness of these men and women to accept the Act and decided to make life more comfortable and agreeable for them. War broke out and he immediately set aside one million Ordinary Morris Motors stock units, a gift that was then worth £1,650,000, to create the Trust for the Forces of the Crown on 14th October 1939. At the same time he made an additional gift of £50,000 to cover the first year's expenditure until a return on the investment of the capital sum began to come available.

Who can the Nuffield Trust help?

The object of the Charity is to 'promote the welfare and efficiency of the Forces of the Crown either by the provision of facilities for recreation or by any other means'. The Trust, therefore, finances recreational and welfare amenities and facilities that will benefit those actually serving in the Armed Forces but which are not provided by public funds and which are beyond the resources of other non-public funds. In this context, the 'Armed Forces' does not include Ex-Servicemen or Cadet Forces.

What are the various categories of grants?

Minor Grants (Up to £12,500)
Applications may be submitted at any time of the year.

Major Grants (In excess of £12,500 with a normal upper limit of £40,000)
Applications, which are considered at the March Trustee Meeting may only be made once a year in accordance with the timetables published by the single Service Points of Contact.

Capital Grants (over £40,000)
Allocations can be made at any time and have no upper limit and projects can be considered for funding over more than one year. Applicants should be mindful of the Trust's granting cycle (March Trustee Meeting to approve grants, and November Trustee Meeting to make forthcoming year's allocation) as bids may be held to match this cycle.

How to Apply

Anyone wishing to apply for a Nuffield Trust for the Forces of the Crown grant should apply through The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

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