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HQ Start-Up Grants for new sections in deprived areas

If you are starting up a new section or Group in a deprived area you may be able to apply for a grant of £1,000 from the Start-Up Grants Programme to assist with the costs.

If a new section or Group is receiving a start-up grant from another programme, the Scout Grants Committee will reduce their HQ Start up Grant proportionately.

What is a ‘deprived area’?

The Association’s definition of a deprived area for this purpose is quite technical. The new Group or section must meet in, and meet the needs of young people living in, an area in one of the lowest two quartiles of deprivation based on the rating given to the Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). (Qualifying postcodes are rated 1-4 in the column ‘Index of Multiple Deprivation Decile’)

You can find out if the new section you are creating qualifies by checking the postcode with the relevant Country-based statistics:

How to Apply

Once the form has been received by the team you will receive an acknowledgement letter. The Scout Grants Committee staff team will process your application and decide whether it is eligible. They may need to contact you for further information at this stage – please respond as quickly as possible.

Once eligibility is confirmed, a confirmation letter and notification of an electronic (BACS) payment will be sent. The grant will be paid into the bank account stated on your application form.

Frequently asked questions about section Start-Up Grants

Q: I thought any new Section could apply for a Start-Up Grant?
A:  Following a review of grants to support local scouting in early 2017, the decision was made to cease the universal £100 start-up grants. The programme was formally withdrawn on 31st March 2017. The new programme was notified to managers and leaders through a variety of communication channels.

Q: I sent in an application form but I haven’t heard anything from the team yet, what should I do?
A:  If you do not hear from the Scout Grants Committee  staff team within one month of submitting your application, please contact us by email or telephone to check if it has been received.

Q: We are not setting up a completely new section, but we are re-opening one that closed some time ago – can we apply?
A: Yes, if the section is re-opening after it has been closed for 6 months or more you may apply for a Start-Up Grant.

Q: Why do you need the postcode of where the new section will meet?
A: The postcode is used to allow the Scout Grants Committee staff team to see which LSOA the Group is in, so that we can assess whether the section is eligible for a Grant.

Q: I am in Scotland, can I still apply?
A: Yes, if you meet the criteria for applying you may apply, however you will not be able to receive a a Scottish Start-up Box as well. If you would prefer to apply for the Start Up Box please contact tasha@scouts.scot.

Q: My new section doesn’t have its own bank account – should I hold off on applying?
A: No, you must apply within the 6 month deadline – if necessary we can pay the grant to the Group, District or County/Area/Region (Scotland)  until a bank account has been opened.

Q: Are Scout Active Support Units or District and County Activity Teams and Scout Network eligible to apply?
A: No. Scout Active Support Units, District and County Activity Teams and Scout Network are not sections for young people aged 6-18, so cannot apply for Start-Up Grants.

Q: Why do I only have 6 months to apply for this grant?
A: The criteria set for Start-Up Grants state that applications must be received no later than 6 months after the date the section or Group opened. We must adhere to the criteria when awarding grants to ensure that we comply with internal and external funding requirements.

Q: In my confirmation email I was asked to complete a reporting form. Why are you asking me to do this?
A: The report back form allows the Scout Grants Committee to learn more about how grants are being used and how successful they are. Your contributions to the report will allow the Scout Grants Committee to build a picture of its impact for the year to share with Scouting and external funders.

Q: My line manager told me there was a membership fee refund a year after the section received a Start-Up Grant, but I can’t find any information about this?
A: Unfortunately this funding programme, known as the Supplement Grant Programme, ended on 31 May 2015. It is no longer possible to apply for this grant and all information about it has been removed from the Association’s website.

Advice and Support

For further advice on HQ Funds and Grants, please contact the Scout Grants Committee  staff team at Gilwell Park.

Tel: 020 8433 7121
Email: grants@scouts.org.uk


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