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Our programmes support young people in the Army Cadets and Army Cadet Volunteers to access activities and training.
ACCT UK supports Army Cadets and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers to access life-changing opportunities through our grant programmes and professional development opportunities.
We run a number of individual and county-wide Army Cadet Force grant programmes all year round as well as funds set up to enhance specific development needs for both Army Cadets and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers.
Please email us for your grants application form indicating the type of grant you are applying for.Download form
The Matthew Bacon Bursary Fund enables young people to take part in an Outward Bound Trust (OBT) 14 day adventure.
The fund helps Army Cadets who lack self-confidence, to develop important life skills that will see them reach their full potential. Through their Outward Bound Trust challenge they are able to participate in life changing adventures, build new friendships and improve their mental health and well-being.
The Matthew Bacon Bursary was set up in memory of Major Matthew Bacon, an officer in the Intelligence Corps, who was tragically killed whilst on tour in Iraq on 11th September 2005. In Matthew’s honour, his family set up the Fund to help Cadets to develop and achieve.
Each Cadet awarded the bursary is encouraged to raise a personal contribution of £200 through fundraising. Full support and advice on fundraising will be given.
View more information on the Matthew Bacon Bursary here.
We support young people and Army Cadet Counties with grants towards the purchase of equipment not normally funded by the chain of command.
Applications are open throughout the year. Please submit applications for equipment a minimum of 6 weeks prior to the activity for which it is needed.
We support Army Cadets with individual grants to help them to participate in activities that promote the development of life skills and confidence, such as adventurous training, Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions, Battlefield Tours and overseas events. Our grants can help to reduce costs, making an activity or trip more affordable for all.
As well as reducing the costs for the whole group, those cadets who cannot afford the individual contributions can submit a separate application.
Applications are open throughout the year. Please submit your application a minimum of 6 weeks prior to the activity for which it is needed.
We value Army Cadet volunteers and we know the cadets could not thrive without their dedication and commitment. We believe in developing the skills of Army Cadet volunteers and work in partnership with CVC to award qualification bursaries.
Professional development bursaries are to support Adult Volunteers enrolled on the ILM Level 4 in Leadership and Management through the Initial Officer Training Course. The bursary is managed by CVC on our behalf. For more information please contact CVC’s Adult Awards department on 01276 601 701.
ACCT UK supports Adventure Training in the Army Cadet Force. Grants are available to support activities and equipment that will enhance the cadet adventure training programme and/or make it more affordable. Looking for ideas? Some examples of activities we’ve supplied funding for:
Sport is so important for the UK and the well-being of its young people, yet too many cadets have little or no opportunity to play sport in their schools and communities. ACCT UK is proud to support the development of sport within the ACF as a key platform to the development of healthy habits and sport for life for young people in the UK.
ACCT UK provides funds for the Army Cadet Force Sport Programme and offers grants for cadets and adult volunteers to participate in ACF sporting events.
Music is no longer routinely taught in state schools and thus many young cadets have little opportunity to discover its magic. Providing music training opens the doors to the ACF for some young people who may not otherwise join.
ACCT UK provides funds for the Army Cadet Force Music Programme and offer grants for cadets and adult volunteers to participate in ACF music concerts and events.
Do you need support to bring more opportunities to learn and practice music to your cadets? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any grant related questions or support in completing your application. The ACCT UK Grants Policy and application form are available for download here.
First Aid is such a valuable life skill and it is rare that a week goes by when cadets and adult volunteers do not use that training out in public responding spontaneously to incidents.
In 2022 over 30,000 cadets and 2,000 adult volunteers completed first aid training. All First Aid training in the Army Cadet Force is supported by funding from ACCT UK. This training not only provides them with the skills to save lives in the community but it also opens up career opportunities and sparks a lifelong interest in the medical profession for many young cadets.
Do you need extra support for your ACF First Aid programme? Please email email@example.com for any grant related questions or support in completing your application. The ACCT UK Grants Policy and application form are available for download here.
DofE gives young people nationally recognised qualifications valued by employers. We are proud of the fact that the Army Cadet Force is one of the four founding organisations that participated in the DofE trial over sixty years ago which helped the Duke of Edinburgh to establish the award.
ACCT UK supports the continued development of DofE in the Army Cadet Force with funding for additional equipment and programme costs
The charity can provide support to cadets to bring down the cost of participating in DofE Expeditions – Gold, Silver and Bronze. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any grant related questions or support in completing your application. The ACCT UK Grants Policy and application form are available for download here.
Since 2014 ACCT UK has awarded £190,000 in Battlefield Tour Grants.
The importance of giving cadets a chance to learn about and understand their nation’s history cannot be underestimated. ACCT UK highly values the positive impact of Battlefield Studies and Tours. Grant support from ACCT UK can help make the trip accessible for all cadets and CFAVs, not only a select few who can afford to travel overseas.
Do you need support to organise a Battlefield Tour for your cadets? Please email email@example.com for any grant related questions or support in completing your application. The ACCT UK Grants Policy and application form are available for download here.