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FAQs about Finance, Grants and Executives

Can the District Scout Network apply for a start up grant?
No, the District Scout Network cannot apply for a start up grant at this time.

Can the District Scout Network operate its own bank account?
Yes, but such accounts should be audited by the District. Click here for more information

Can the District Scout Network make grant applications?
Yes, but you will have to apply through Scout District. Click here for more information
How do we deal with legacy accounts?
Depending on how Scout Network is currently organised where you are, funds and property may be currently held at District or County. Funds and property form part of the overall assets of the District or County, with overall responsibility sitting with the relevant Executive Committee.
It is strongly recommended that where funds have currently been raised or are held for those of Scout Network age, that they are distributed appropriately to give the best opportunities of success for the new District Scout Networks.
This is a good opportunity to ensure that finances and assets are being appropriately managed.
For District Executives
Where Network is already managed as part of the District, ensure that any existing Network finances are being appropriately managed and will continue to be so. This includes ensuring Network finances are reported as part of the overall financial position of the District.
For County Executives
Where Network is currently managed as part of the County, ensuring that all Network finances are appropriately recorded and managed.
A decision will need to be made in consultation with the existing Network regarding the future use of funds held by Counties.
The expectation is that funds accumulated by or held by Network are continued to be used for the benefit of the section, however local decisions will be required around the allocation of funding. The relevant Executive Committee is accountable for any decisions regarding the allocation of legacy funding.
Can the District apply a District fee to members of the District Scout Network?
Yes, however with the ‘free to join’ model that is being implemented, Districts should think carefully about the extent to which they may wish to apply a local fee, bearing in mind that many Scout Network members will also be giving service to Scouting as adult volunteers.

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