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News | Changes to start-up grants

Changes have been made to the start-up grant programme that will come into effect on 1 June 2015.

Starting up a new section?

The Development Grants Board (DGB) operates a section start-up grants programme, which provides funds to assist with the costs of opening a new section. The programme has been running for more than five years and has provided over 1,600 sections with funding.

As part of research into how to support local Scouting in achieving our Vision 2018 targets in relation to growth, a wide-ranging consultation about start-up grants was recently undertaken.

The consultation looked at the opinions of previous grant recipients and line managers from across the UK and following the results of this research, changes have been made to the start-up grant programme that will come into effect on 1 June 2015.

The start-up grant will now operate as follows:

All new sections are eligible to apply for a one-off start-up grant, and will receive one of two amounts:
  • most Groups will receive a payment of £100
  • those Groups in the lowest two quartiles of deprivation will receive £1,000
Groups are considered to be in the lowest two quartiles of deprivation based on the rating given to the Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) in which by they meet by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

New sections receiving another type of enhanced start-up grant (such as a YUF grant) are not eligible for the £1,000 start-up grant, but will receive a £100 start-up grant if they apply within the time limit.

How to Apply

1. Once a new section has been opened please download and complete the section start-up grant application form.
2.  Ask the District Commissioner or County/Area/Regional (Scotland) Commissioner to provide a physical or electronic signature.
3. Take a copy of the completed form for your records.
4. Return to the DGB Team by email or post
a. Email: dgb@scouts.org.uk
b. Post: DGB Team (Start-up Grants), The Scout Association, Gilwell Park, Chingford, London, E4 7QW.
5. Once the form has been received by the DGB Team you will receive an acknowledgement letter.
6. The DGB Team will process your application and calculate the grant amount. They may need to contact you for further information at this stage – please respond as quickly as possible.
7. Once the grant amount due to the section has been calculated, a confirmation letter and notification of an electronic (BACS) payment will be sent.
8. The grant amount will be paid into the bank account stated on your application form.

More information

The six-month deadline for receipt of applications (from the date of the section opening) remains in place, as does the need for an electronic or physical signature from the relevant commissioner.

Supplement grants will no longer be awarded to sections that receive a section start-up grant.

Section start-up grant applications received before 31 May 2015 are considered to have applied under the previous scheme and so will be eligible for a supplement grant in 2016. Applications received after 1 June 2015 will not eligible for a start-up grant in 2016.

For further advice on the changes to start-up grants, please contact the DGB Grants Team at Gilwell Park.
Tel: 020 8433 7100 or email: dgb@scouts.org.uk



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