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Grants to support members in financial hardship to take part in international events

The Scouts has two funds to help support members in a position of financial hardship to take part in international experiences via The Headquarters International Fund. The grant you apply for depends on the type of international experience and the individuals attending.

Financial hardship can be a difficult subject to discuss with young people, parents and leaders, but these conversations are important to support those who could benefit to provide specific evidence that shows why funding is needed. Find support on how to do this here.

Funding limits and conditions

Headquarters International Fund

These funds support adults and young people in positions of financial hardship to travel abroad and access activities that support the global programme.

The fund can support the following activities: We will not fund individual experiences outside of Scouting

We will not fund non-Scouting experiences and experiences as part of a UK Contingent(ie World Scout Jamboree, Moot and Roverway) these are instead funded through the UK Contingent Grants. Please visit this page for support for UK contingent events.

The application must meet the criteria for high quality visits abroad, this should be included in the responses to the application form. Unfortunately the Milly Apthorp Fund has now closed.

Criteria 1 Criteria 2 - choose one

Demonstrate (with evidence, or evidence of planning for) a youth-shaped approach to Visits Abroad planning and implementation

a) Show planning for the trip to meet some of the requirements for the Top Awards (Queen's Scout Award, Explorer Belt Award, Chief Scout's Award, Scouts of the World Award); World Challenge Awards; Global and International Activity Badges; Community Impact Staged Badge)

b) Demonstrate a creative contribution to the World, International, Global and Community Impact Programme which is not otherwise captured by awards and badges

c) Demonstrate participation or partnership in overseas Scouting for any section: Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Explorer Scouts or Scout Network members

Adults and young people must meet at least one of the criteria for financial hardship.

Evidence that can help you determine 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.

For adult volunteers who meet one of these categories you will also need to explain how the event/trip will be negatively impacted for the young people if this adult is unable to attend. More information about the financial hardship criteria and evidence requirements can be found here.

In addition to their application form applicants will be required to provide evidence of:

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


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