The Nuffield Trust for the Forces of the Crown is a Registered Charity that finances recreational and welfare amenities and facilities that are likely to be of lasting benefit to the Armed Forces, but which are not provided by public funds.
Founded in 1939 by Lord Nuffield, it is a grant-making charity which does not fund raise but makes grants out of the income from the original endowment provided by Lord Nuffield.
Since 1939 the Trust has given grants worth some £222 million at today’s prices and it routinely allocates around £1 million to the Regular and Reserve Armed Services annually. This funds some 300 grants per year for a full range of sporting equipment; recreational facilities such as cinemas, clubs and bowling alleys; and audio-visual and computer equipment.
The Trust also gives grants for adaptive equipment for disabled personnel, to provide Christmas boxes for troops on operations, and for Forces entertainment shows. In addition, the Trust has given additional Capital Grants for large projects such as Outdoor Activity Centres, sports and social clubs, sports pitches, bowling alleys, yachts, gliders and aircraft. The Trust has also donated £5M towards the Black Stork Charity and the new DMRC facility at Stanford Hall and £1M to support the ADVANCE Research Study.