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Clear Skies


RAAFA is proudly committed to supporting local community groups, organisations and individuals within the wider community.

"Clear Skies" is an established program of community and philanthropic activities that support local community groups, organisations and individuals within the wider community. Clear Skies was established with our mission in mind, to provide camaraderie and supportive care whilst maintaining traditions and heritage for all members and former members of the Australian Defence Force and general community through the provision of welfare services within Western Australia.

RAAFA is regularly asked to sponsor, support and assist community groups, organisations and individuals to undertake a wide range of activities and events varying from aviation, advancing health, education, culture, social or public welfare promoting or protecting human rights, and other purposes beneficial to the public.

Request for support generally come in four forms:

  • Sponsorship: support paid in return for access to commercially exploitable benefits associated with an event/individual.
  • Donations: support gifted to benefit charitable purposes and/or causes.
  • Scholarship: a grant or payment made to support a student's education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement.
  • Grants: money or goods provided to a community group or organisation through formally recognised programs for a specific purpose and outcome.


Sponsorship plays a valuable role in the promotion of RAAFA and support for the communities in which we operate.

Each year RAAFA receives many requests for assistance. As we only have limited resources available, it is unfortunate that we cannot support all applications. Only proposals that deliver community benefits that align with our vision and values will progress to evaluation.

For more information on becoming a RAAFA sponsored partner, please contact us via the 'Contact Us' form.


Money or goods are given to help local community groups, organisations or individuals that align with RAAFA vision and values.

RAAFA believes that money is the most useful donation because it provides flexibility and choice to meet immediate needs.

For further information please contact us via the 'Contact Us' form.


McIntosh Memorial Scholarship

Applications will open shortly.

The McIntosh Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund was established in 1921 by the people of Western Australia to perpetuate the memory of WWI flyer, Lieutenant John Cowe McIntosh, AFC. He was killed in an aircraft crash near Pithara, WA on Easter Sunday 1921. In 1983 administration of the Scholarship was transferred to RAAFA.

The Scholarship is open to descendants of persons who have and/or are enlisted for service in any branch of the RAAF and Commonwealth Air Forces.

One scholarship, to the value of $5,000 and is usually used by students to help defray the costs of equipment, books, or activities associated with their studies.

Persons must be undertaking a first course of tertiary education full-time, in any year of that course, and must reside in Western Australia to apply for the scholarship.

For further information please contact us via the 'Contact Us' form.

Swetman Aviation Education Fellowship

The Swetman Aviation Education Fellowship Fund was established in 1994 by Flight Lieutenant Ronald Charles Swetman DFC, DFM, RAFVR (Retd) and is financed through the Ron Swetman Trust which is administered by the Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association (WA Division) Incorporated. The object of the Fellowship is to foster aviation education and interest among youth in Western Australia.

One Fellowship per annum, to the value of $5,000, will be granted to a candidate chosen by the Fellowship Selection Panel.

The Selection Panel shall be guided in its selection of Swetman Fellows by the intentions of the benefactor who envisaged that the award would be made for such purposes as:

  • an individual undertaking flying training, or
  • an individual attending an aviation event or facility for the purpose of his or her own professional development in the sphere of aviation education, or
  • any other purpose which furthers an interest in aviation.

The applicant must be a student aged between 16 to 20 years and undergoing, or about to undergo, an approved Western Australian aviation studies education program, within the 2019 calendar year.

For further information please contact us via the 'Contact Us' form.


The common grant types that will be considered must relate to the following:

  • homelessness;
  • accommodation;
  • workforce employment re-entry;
  • PTSD;
  • mental illness;
  • support;
  • welfare;
  • advocacy;
  • Other (based on merit).

Grants can be made at two different levels:

  • Routine - up to $10,000
  • Exceptional - in excess of $10,000

The application process is more exacting for grants above $10,000 and, in this instance, RAAFA WA may be able to assist in the formulation of your case and application.

Applications for both Routine and Exceptional grants will be determined according to the following priorities:

PRIORITY 1 (10 POINTS) RAAFA Organisations: This includes any organisation or individual that has connections with the RAAF and covers, but is not limited to:

  • RAAF, RAAFA, and Air Cadets

PRIORITY 2 (8 POINTS) Other Australian Military: This includes any organisation or individual that has connections with the Australian military services and covers, but is not limited to:

  • Australian Army;
  • RAN;
  • RSL; and
  • Cadet Organisations

PRIORITY 3 (6 POINTS) Commonwealth Military: This includes any Commonwealth military organisation or individual that is either serving with or has served in a Commonwealth Air Force, Navy or Army.

PRIORITY 4 (4 POINTS) Others: Applications from other sources will assume the lowest priority and will be judged on their individual merit.

For further information please refer to our grant application guidelines.

For any further information regarding any of the initiatives provided under the Clear Skies program, please contact us via the 'Contact Us' form.


The RAAFA Leadership Award is open to No 7 Wing, Australian Air Force Cadets who demonstrate exceptional leadership skills and ability, strive for excellence, and show a deep commitment to community service.

RAAFA will provide the successful applicant with the following:

  • the equivalent of two-months (paid) work experience; and
  • $1,000 cash (one-off payment).

For further information, please download the 2020 Leadership Award Information.

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