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Funding opportunities

The Scout Grants Committee (SGC) offers a number of funding options to Scout groups, districts and counties.

Each fund has a set of criteria with evidence requirements. You can find out more by clicking the link under each funding opportunity.

Chief Scout’s Unsung Heroes – Up to £500

20 special bursaries funded by Bear Grylls himself to recognise young people in Scouts aged 6-24.

More information available here.

Funding for training – Up to £5,000

  • Training courses, e.g. first aid, executive training
  • Skills training which results in a Scout Activity Permit
  • Purchase of equipment to deliver training
  • Driver training and assessment for Minibus drivers (D1 + E license qualification)

It does not cover wood badge training.

More information available here.

Funding to support members struggling with activity costs – Up to £2,000

  • Camp or event fees (UK only)
  • The purchase of uniforms
  • Costs to undertake Scouts

It does not cover membership fee or trips to theme parks.

More information available here.

Funding to support international trips – Up to £2,000

Open to members struggling with costs to take part in international trips including UK contingent events (Moot, Roverway, World Scout Jamboree).

Evidence requirements for this fund:

  • A set of accounts
  • Evidence of the advertised cost of the trip per person
  • A signed consent form
  • A completed Visits Abroad (VA) Form

More information about UK contingent events available here.

More information about non-UK contingent international events available here.

Funding to support RN Sea Scouting (Supported through the Royal Navy) – Up to £5,000

Open to RN registered Sea Scout Groups only.

  • The purchase of boats and equipment
  • Training courses towards a national governing body award
  • Other such purposes so as to develop Sea Scouting training

It does not cover building projects, maintenance of boat sheds of pontoons.

More information available here.

Funding to support non-RN Sea Scouting – Up to £5,000

Open to non-RN recognised Sea Scout Groups and Explorer Units, district, counties/areas/regions, local water activity centres and Scout Active Support Units.

  • The purchase of boats and equipment
  • Leader/instructor training
  • Safety equipment
  • Building refurbishment (boat sheds and pontoons)

More information available here.

Funding to support additional needs – Up to £500

Open to both young people and adults with additional needs.

  • Provision of portable equipment, e.g. ramps, induction loop systems, play equipment
  • Translators, signers for large events or adult training, provision of appropriate signage and information systems at events
  • Training for volunteers to support those with additional needs in Scouting e.g. Makaton or BSL training

It does not cover permanent adaptions to buildings.

More information available here.

Funding to support Air Scouting – Up to £2,500

Open to Air Scout Groups and Explorer Units.

  • The purchase of planes and other equipment
  • Air training and air experiences for youth members, simulator flights, gliding and other flight experiences
  • The general costs of Air Scout Groups, building costs and development

More information available here.

Funding for Gallantry / Meritorious Conduct (Cornwell Memorial Fund) – Up to £300

Open to all recipients of Gallantry and Meritorious Awards, including recipients of the Cornwell Badge. On receipt of award, recipients or their group may apply for a grant to celebrate the achievement with an activity with their section.

More information available here.

Start-up grants (Supported through the Masonic Charitable Foundation) – Up to £1,000

For new sections opened within areas of deprivation (IMD 1-4). Applications must be received within 6 months of opening. Start-up grants support the purchasing of equipment and subsidies to the first camp etc.

More information available here.

Advice and support

For further advice on HQ funds and grants or the Scout Grants Committee, please contact the Scout Grants Committee Team at Gilwell Park.

Tel: 0208 498 5365

Email: grants@scouts.org.uk


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