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Grants for CAP Units


(CAP Unit AE grant cycle deadlines are June 30 and December 31.) 

The Air Force Association (AFA) helps provide educational opportunities for America’s youth. These opportunities were initiated to help ensure that future generations of Americans:

  • Appreciate the important role of aviation and space in America’s future
  • Have the technical knowledge necessary to understand aerospace issues
  • Have the educational background required to pursue aerospace careers

To accomplish their educational goals, the AFA communicates directly with the American public about the importance of maintaining a sound aerospace infrastructure and the importance of maintaining a strong Air Force to ensure national security. Another important part of their educational efforts is to support the educational objectives of the Air Force and CAP. As part of that support, the AFA recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of aerospace education. To support CAP’s aerospace education programs, the AFA provides aerospace education grants for Civil Air Patrol units. Since 1996, the AFA has provided over $300,000 to CAP units and teachers to help fund their aerospace education programs, inspiring interest in over 300,000 youth toward science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects and careers.

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

  • Due to the high volume of grant applications each quarter, from which only 20 grant recipients are named, and the need to distribute the grants as equitably as possible, after receiving a grant, units are eligible to apply again after three unit grant cycles; a year and a half after earning a grant. 
  • Grants cannot exceed $250.00 per request.
  • Grants must be used for aerospace education-related items/activities such as books, videotapes, aerospace-oriented field trips, and aerospace education events for the cadets and/or for the community.
  • Unit grants may NOT be used for uniforms or honor guard/color guard activities, nor may they be used for individual member flying instruction.
  • Grant recipients must file a follow-up report with HQ CAP/ED on how the AFA grant contributed to their AE program.  (Send to  

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

CAP Unit AE grant cycle deadlines are June 30 and December 31. An application form can be downloaded above or requested from .  Completed applications should be emailed to

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