Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund
About the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund
The Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund (RCNBF) was created to alleviate distress and promote the well-being of individuals who serve or who have served in the Naval Forces of Canada, and their families. This year marks the RCNBF’s 75th anniversary of providing assistance to naval families.
The RCNBF is able to act quickly to provide financial support in times of urgent need, which is its primary mission. It can often provide “last resort” assistance, help that may not necessarily be covered under other programs. Some of the funds are used for much-needed repairs to homes, or for personal care items that greatly enhance quality of life.
The RCNBF is always ready to assist members and their families by giving them helpful advice in rearranging their personal affairs, and to help guide them through the application process for government programs or institutions, other public agencies or private sources for aid to which the applicant may be entitled. Other programs include bursaries and scholarships for students and vocational training.
Since inception, the RCNBF has helped nearly 40,000 people and given out over $16 million in grants and interest-free loans, as well as $842,000 in bursaries to 705 students.
Since January 2016 more than $11,000 in grants and loans have been distributed to serving members.
“Last night was the final delivery, and with your collective generosity, we received a month’s worth of food, including all the fixings for what will be a beautiful Christmas Dinner, a basket filled with your gifts for each family member and financial support for a short period. I thank you for your kindness, concern and tremendous generosity. I owe you much more than words can express, so all I can say is Thank You.”
“Thank You Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund for supplying the funds for my mother’s wheelchair. She could hardly believe her eyes when it arrived. She is so proud of it!! She loves how well made and comfortable it is and that she can actually get around now.”
“Thank you so much for the grant to pay for my wife and I’s much needed dentures. You have put big smiles back on our faces and have greatly improved our quality of life.”
“I am writing to thank you for your generous donation, which funded the installation of a heat pump in my home. My medical condition implies sensitivity to temperature, and a heat pump greatly helps me to have control over my life environment. You have lightened my financial burden and helped improved my quality of life. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude.”
Support Our Troops
Support Our Troops has become an invaluable component of a broad morale and welfare suite of support provided to military members and their families.
Support Our Troops Program offers financial support and assistance to Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members, veterans and their respective families. It is funded through individual and corporate donations, proceeds from third party events and Yellow Ribbon merchandise, and contributions by external organizations.
“As a Sergeant with almost 24 years of service in the RCAF, I have utilized services from CFMWS occasionally. With having one of my twin sons diagnosed with a form of Autism last year I felt extremely overwhelmed about how to help my son with specialized care, treatment and equipment. The Military Families Fund provided financial assistance which allowed me to focus on my family, rather than how will I pay for this. I was amazed with how simple and effective the application process was for the special needs funding.”
“Thank you for your very kind donation which we recently received. Our daughter has Cerebral Palsy and as a result is in a wheelchair and needs complete care. It is donations like this that make our lives a little easier. Your generosity has already made a great difference in our lives. The funds have gone to help us pay to convert our vehicle so that it can accommodate our daughter’s wheelchair. Travelling has now become an adventure rather than a burden. We are also using our respite care so that mom and dad can have some down time and allow us to enjoy some time together every couple of weeks. You are making a difference!”