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Grants to support members in financial hardship to take part in Scouting

The Scout Association has a fund to help support young people and adult members who are finding it difficult to afford Scouting.

The Benevolent Fund

All Groups, Districts and Counties/Areas/Regions can make an application for members struggling with the costs of Scouting. The fund was created to ‘support members, individuals and Groups, focusing on areas of community development, particularly new Groups in areas of deprivation.’ It helps support: We cannot fund membership fees
We cannot fund wood badge training

NB: Please be advised that core camp costs such as food, camping fees, and Scouting activities may be covered by the fund; clothing will be covered only where it is required to identify members as part of the Group. Costs such as theme park trips, donations to other organisations (where not related to a service provided for the event) and contingency will not be covered. Evidence that can help you make best judgement of ‘financial hardship’ would be if a family is in receipt of/eligible for one of the following:
*Free school meals are provided to all pupils in the lower years of primary schools in England and Wales, so the other indicators are more valid in these circumstances.

More information about the financial hardship criteria and evidence requirements can be found here.

Funding limits and conditions

To find out how to apply, and to access our application forms click here.


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