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Funding unavailable

Unfortunately the funding you are looking for cannot be provided by the Scout Grants Committee as we have no funds which match your needs at this time. Please see below for specific advice on the funding need you identified.

Buildings (including improvements to cater for individuals with disabilities, repairs, new buildings and purchase of land)

For sources of alternative funding, you may be able to receive monies under the value of £10,000 by contacting Awards for All, part of the National Lottery, which offers grants between £300-£10,000. Priorities are set by Country/Region, with a six-week turnaround.

The Leslie Sell Charitable Trust, a small charity which supports Scouting and Guiding can assist with projects that cost under £15,000. Approximately 50% of applications are successful. The District or County/Area/Region may also be able to provide some support to the project. For grants above £10,000 you may wish to contact your local community foundation. This is a broker organisation that seeks local funds to distribute as grants in the local area.

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 e.g. Scout Association buildings and land. Grants of up to £350,000 are available but community engagement is a requirement.

You may also wish to contact the local council as they many run Councillor Community Budgets, whereby individual councillors can make funding awards to worthwhile causes.

You may also wish to seek advice on running capital fundraising appeals from our fundraising team. Visit the website or email fundraising@scouts.org.uk.

Funding alerts and funding search engines such as those produced by NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) or turn2us may also prove helpful in finding funding avenues for your project.

Support with the Payment of Membership Fees (HQ or local)

The Benevolent Fund exists to support members in financial and personal hardship with the costs of attending camps and events; and associated costs (transport to these events); we can also fund the costs of uniforms. If these might be helpful for the young people or adults in financial hardship please do submit your application for these costs.

We are not currently aware of any organisations that support the payment of membership fees for scouting.

Wood Badge training

There may be local funding available to support you with the costs of your volunteer training. Please speak to your District or County/Area/Region team to see if they can offer assistance.

Volunteer leader training not specifically related to Scouting permits or DofE assessments, such as first aid, mountain leader training and expedition leading, could be considered for match funding from the King George VI Leadership Fund.

Activity Permit training

Unfortunately we will be unable to assist with your application for training for activity permits. We are able to fund the assessment portion of activity permit training, and more information can be found here.

Further support

If you have further questions, please contact the Scout Grants Committee Team at Gilwell Park.
Tel: 0208 498 6365
Email: grants@scouts.org.uk


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