The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust is the youngest of the Royal Air Force Charities having formed in 2005. Its main source of income comes from its trading company, the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises, who organise the Royal International Air Tattoo each year at RAF Fairford. Its aims are to support the Royal Air Force to enhance the environment of serving personnel and their families; and a commitment to young people, to initiate and develop within them an enthusiasm for aviation and consequently generate a desire in them to join the RAF.
The Charitable Trust supports a wide range of initiatives and projects which have been for the benefit of serving RAF personnel, RAF veterans and young people. It particularly likes to support projects and welfare facilities that will benefit those preparing for, or serving on front-line deployments, and their families at RAF Stations around the country.
Since the Charitable Trust was established, the Trustees have approved nearly £3 Million in grants for welfare related projects that contribute to the efficiency of the RAF. They have given grants to refurbish families clubs, HIVEs, crew rooms and messes; RAF Honington, Odiham, Brize Norton, Benson, Lyneham and Wittering have all benefitted from these. Some of the other grants approved have included: provision of sports and adventurous training equipment, partial funding for expeditions and microlight aircraft for air experience flights.