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AFA Grants for CAP Units




Funded by the Air & Space Forces Association  

FULL GRANT FUNDING has been restored for 2023 by the AFA! CAP will be providing grants in both the Summer and Winter 2023 cycles!  CAP appreciates the efforts of the AFA to restore funding for CAP Unit grants!  

CAP unit grants are recognized in memory of BG Scott Van Cleef, former AFA Chairman of the Board, and CAP Commander & AEO of MAR-VA-048, Roanoke Composite Squadron, who passed away 18 July 2021. 

  • Just before his passing, Commander Van Cleef submitted an exemplary AFA Grant for CAP Units proposal which was selected for funding (HERE); an excellent example of a well-written grant proposal. 

Grants have continued to support CAP units, even during COVID restrictions. 

The Air & Space Forces Association (AFA) helps provide educational opportunities for America’s youth in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) su and careers. These opportunities were initiated to help ensure that future generations of Americans:

  • Appreciate the important role of aviation, space, and cyber in America’s future

  • Have the technical knowledge necessary to understand aerospace/STEM issues

  • Have the educational background required to pursue aerospace/STEM careers

To support CAP’s aerospace/STEM education programs, since 1996, the AFA has provided over $500,000 to CAP to help fund their aerospace/STEM education programs, inspiring interest in over 500,000 youth toward STEM subjects and careers. 

Click HERE for a video of a Robotics project funded by an AFA AE Grant for CAP Units.  Submitted by Maj Mark Fridell, Group 2 CA, AE Officer.

The requirements and selection criteria for the AFA Grants for Civil Air Patrol Units are as follows:

  • Unit AEOs should apply for a grant using the grant application (found in the top right-hand corner of this page) at any time before the end of the grant cycles (30 June; 31 December).

  • Applications should be filled out completely and sent to

  • Grants cannot exceed $250.00 per request.

  • Grants must be used for aerospace/STEM education-related items/activities such as books, CDs, equipment, or aerospace-oriented field trips, projects, programs and events for the cadets. 

  • Unit grants may NOT be used for uniforms or honor guard/color guard activities, nor may they be used for individual member flying instruction.

  • Preference is given to applications with plans for collaboration with another group of youth to give more outreach impact potential.

Applicants are notified within two months after the cycle deadline whether or not the grant project was selected for funding.

  • Grant recipients will be competitively selected each cycle.  

  • To ensure grants are widely disseminated throughout CAP: a unit is eligible every other year after receiving a grant.

  • If not selected for a grant in one cycle, the unit can apply again during the following cycle(s).

After-action Reporting

  • Grant recipients must file an after-action report with HQ CAP/AE on how the AFA grant contributed to their AE program. (Report form is found at the top right-hand corner of this page.) 

  • After-action reports (with at least one digital photo) should be sent to not later than 90 days after the grant is received.  (If there are extenuating circumstances that prevent this, please contact   A video of the grant project in action, with credit given to the AFA, is totally acceptable (and welcome)!

  • If a grant recipient does not submit a follow-up report, the unit will be ineligible to apply for another grant.

For any questions, contact


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