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Potential funding for Local Scouting

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a period of uncertainty for various organisations. There are now a number of alternative funding packages that youth organisations may now be eligible for. Each package aims to support these organisations throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. The criteria varies for each funding scheme, so we would recommend checking the details to see what your Group may be able to apply for. The packages we have identified are as follows:

The National Lottery - Coronavirus Community Support Fund

With funding amounts ranging between £10,000 and £100,000, a new scheme from the National Lottery will be aimed at organisations at the heart of their local community.

This fund will support organisations who are still delivering services to the people and communities that have been affected by COVID-19.

You can find out additional information here >.

The National Lottery - Awards for All

The National Lottery Community Fund aims to support voluntary and community organisations, as well as registered charities, offering funding packages between £300 and £10,000.

This funding programme is focusing on applications that are related directly to COVID-19. They are prioritising applications from:

  • Organisations that are primarily aiming to support those identified as being at a high risk.
  • Organisations that support those more likely to struggle with increased demand and difficulties as a result of the pandemic.
  • Organisations supporting their local communities at this time.

Projects that can be funded with this grant include; purchasing of equipment, utilities/running costs and small land or building projects.

Further information can be found here >.

UK Community Foundations

A Coronavirus Appeal has been launched by The National Emergencies Trust, in response to the pandemic, in an aim to support grassroots charities.

Covering Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and most of England, the UK has 46 accredited Community Foundations. Your local community foundation is a strong local funder who will be focused on ensuring the best outcomes for your local community. They will be interested in supporting very local organisations.  The application format is usually relatively simple and decision-making quick.

For further information, as well as how to find your local community foundation, visit their main website here >.

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Relief

The emergency measures taken by the UK Government have enabled Scout groups with their own premises, and who are currently registered for business rates, to be eligible to receive a payment holiday for business rates for the next financial year, 2020/2021.
You can find out more about eligibility for this here >.
You can also find out more about each of the eligibility criteria and how Scout Groups meet them here >.

In addition to this, aiming to support viable businesses and charities during the pandemic, the Government have launched Scheme 2 Grant Funding. If a property is eligible for the above Expended Retail Discount, they may also be eligible for this additional scheme.

  • Scheme 2A: All businesses eligible for Expanded Retail Discount with a rateable value up to and including £15,000 are eligible for £10,000 in grant funding.
  • Scheme 2B: All businesses eligible for Expanded Retail Discount with a rateable value of £15,000.01 up to and including £50,999 are eligible for £25,000 in grant funding.

This is a UK-wide policy however the scheme is being administered in a range of ways reflecting differences in existing arrangements for business rates. Please contact your Local Authority or visit the Government website here > for further advice. Please note that the deadline for applications is 28th August 2020.

Sport England

Sport England are forming a £195 million funding package, aiming to support the sport and physical activity sector during this pandemic.

This scheme is a combination of the National Lottery and government funding, and focuses on organisations that include sport and/or physical activity within their programme. This is also available for organisations that do not qualify for alternative support from other funding options. This is made up of the following:

  • A £20 million Community Emergency Fund – immediate funding for organisations in need
  • A further £55 million aimed at supporting the sector, and those organisations that are finding new ways to keep people active.

For more information about the specific criteria, and how to apply visit the Sport England website here >.

Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a fantastic tool for Scouts to raise vital funds. Find out more information and how to apply here >.

Further information on fundraising and grants

Whether you want to take your Scouts away for a new outdoor adventure, or simply need to do some repairs on the Scout Hut, there's probably a grant or foundation you can apply to for support.

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Grants and funds exceeding £50,000

If you're planning to apply for a grant or fund that exceeds £50,000 please contact the Strategic Funding Manager.

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Scouts Scotland

The Scouts Scotland website has information where you can find out about potential funding opportunities in Scotland.

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The ScoutsCymru have information about where to find potential funding opportunities in Wales.

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