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Potential funding for Local Scouting

Updated 26 October 2021

This page is currently being reviewed. Check back for further updates in December.

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:

NEW – ARG (Additional Restrictions Grant)

Available to Scout Groups not registered for business rates

This grant is in addition to the pre mentioned grants and available for those groups who are able to evidence ongoing costs and the impact COVID-19/ Government restrictions has had on their finances.

Find out more on the UK Government website

The Duke of Edinburgh Resilience Fund

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award charity have set up the DofE Resilience Fund. The Resilience Fund is aimed at communities that need it the most, supporting young people to start their DofE Award

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

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 the UK Community Foundations website.

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.

Gift Aid

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

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.

Discover the grants

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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Scouts Northern Ireland

The Scouts NI website has information about potential funding opportunities in Northern Ireland.

Visit Scouts NI