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Grants from external sources

Local Scout Groups and Units may be eligible to apply for various external grants. A selection of sources are listed below together with a number of funding databases and funding brokerages.

Small grants specifically for Scouting and Guiding

The Leslie Sell Charitable Trust is a small charity based in Hertfordshire that specifically supports Scouting and Guiding.

The Henry Smith Charity

The Henry Smith Charity offers grants towards holidays and outings within the UK for children aged 13 and under from areas of high deprivation, experiencing disadvantage or who have a disability.

Grants of up to £3,000 are available, although they are usually limited to two thirds of the total costs. The holidays can be to any location as long as they are outside the area the children are from.

Grants up to £10,000 from the National Lottery

Awards for All is part of the National Lottery, offering grants between £300-£10,000. Priorities are set by Country/Region, with a six-week turnaround. Approximately 50% of applications are successful. A revised scheme was introduced in 2011.

The Community Foundation Network

If you are looking for funds locally, then consider contacting The Community Foundation Network. This is a broker organisation that seeks local funds to distribute as grants in the local area.

Often, the network will also distribute government community grants or in partnership with other national distributors such as Comic Relief. It can provide a great source of local grant information. Most funds to Scout Groups are sourced locally, so this is a great contact to be in touch with for your needs.

Grants for your Scout hall/meeting place

If you are looking for funding relating to your Scout hall or meeting place, then the landfill tax might be the answer.

Entrust is the national distributor of the landfill tax to local distributors. Its emphasis is on developing a good local environment, including buildings and land. Section D of its priorities includes grant support to public amenities eg Scout Association buildings and land. Grants of up to £350,000 are available but community engagement is a requirement.

Biffa also operate a community buildings scheme, supporting new build and improvement works projects through their Small Grants Scheme (£250 to £10,000) and Main Grants Scheme (£10,000 to £50,000). Projects must be within 10 miles of a Biffa Operation. Priority is given to projects that can demonstrate innovative use of a community amenity to enhance, maintain or introduce real, community-led social, economic or environmental improvements. Click here for more information.

Register with the NCVO free funding database

NCVO Funding Central is a UK-wide database on sources of funding. The Funding Central weekly e-newsletter keeps you updated with the latest trends, news and issues regarding funding and finance opportunities.

The BIG Lottery

The Big Lottery provides a range of grants for a variety of projects. The organisation is the largest non-governmental grant provider to the voluntary sector in the UK. It has a variety of programmes relating to various themes.

RYA (Royal Yacht Association)

The RYA may provide sources of funding to support sailing/water activities. Visit the RYA website for further details.

Funding guide for coaches & training

The Funding Opportunities for Coaching guide provides details about funding available to support coaches and coaching across England.

Produced by Sports Coach UK in partnership with the CSSN and SkillsActive, the Guide provides information on funding available in England to support coaching. (May 2012)

Mars in the Community

Confectionery giant Mars is offering grants of between £500 and £2,000 through its grants programme to organisations based near its offices in the UK. Projects that promote healthy lifestyles or environmental work can apply at marsinthecommunity.co.uk

The Family Fund – helping disabled children

The Family Fund is the UK’s largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people. It eases the additional pressures that families face by helping with essential items such as washing machines, fridges and clothing. It can also consider grants for sensory toys, computers and much-needed family breaks together.


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