Still time to apply for a CCFA small grant

Posted on October 18, 2017

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CCFA small grants have helped to assist cadets across the country to get involved in all sorts of experiences that they might not have ordinarily been able to take part in.

In these examples, two cadets used their grants to enable them to attend trips abroad. 

In April 2017, Cpl Dan Freeman from Whitecross Hereford High School CCF (partnered with Hereford Cathedral School), a CEP school, used his small grant to attend the RAF Akrotiri Camp.

The camp enabled Dan to learn invaluable new skills and to put into practice his leadership, planning, organisation and communication skills, whilst experiencing the RAF in a different terrain and climate.

He said: “It was an exciting and amazing week; I learned many skills and useful techniques to use outside of the cadets too. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and it was better than I expected.

“Thank you very much for granting me the money for this camp. It was definitely the best camp I have ever been on and I’m hoping to go on more trips abroad in my cadet career. I was very proud to be a part of this camp and it has made me more determined, excited and eager to follow a career in the RAF.” 

Cadet Ollie Rice from Penair School CCF, Cornwall, a CEP school, was also awarded a small grant to enable him to attend an RAF camp in Cyprus in summer 2017.

During the camp he experienced things he never would have been able to, if he was not part of the cadets. It was also a lot of fun as he was able to take part in various adventurous training activities including kayaking, sailing, scuba diving, a trip to the local waterpark, climbing, go-karting, clay pigeon shooting and even a banana boat ride. 

He said: “Going to Cyprus with cadets is about testing your limits and developing new and existing skills. Whilst I was there I experienced many things that can only be experienced with cadets, one of these was having the chance to see military aircraft landing and flying in formation.

 “I feel like the trip helped me with confidence and has given me some responsibility.

“I must say it feels like a massive family when you’re away as everyone looks after each other and you’re all great friends. It is a once in lifetime opportunity as there is an amazing range of activities.

“It was so much fun and I had such a wonderful time I would go back in a heartbeat.” 

Applications are still open until midday Monday 20 November for the next round of grants and are open to all CCFA member contingents. 

For more details of the scheme, please review the 2017 guidance and then download an application form.

For more about funding opportunities, follow this link...