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Potential funding for Local Scouting

Updated 19 January 2021

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 – DCMS Youth Covid-19 Support Fund

This £16.5m fund is open to local uniformed youth groups who have a deficit between November 2020 and March 2021.

Following lobbying by the Scouts, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced a new Youth Covid-19 Support Fund. The total amount local Scouting can apply for is the lower of:

  • 25% annual expenditure
  • any deficit realised between Nov 2020 and Mar 2021
  • or £250k

This is in addition and separate to the Scouts Recovery Fund. It's unlikely a Group will be successful in applying for both, however as both funds are running at the same time, if you believe you are eligible for the Youth Covid-19 Support Fund we encourage you to still apply so that you don’t end up missing out on both.

For support with your application, register for one of the webinars:

For more information and how to apply visit the Youth Covid-19 Support Fund page.

NEW – Government Local Restriction Support Grant

Available to Scout Groups registered for business rates

This grant is available for those groups who were mandated to close, with effect from 5 January 2021 onwards.

Grants will be calculated over 42 days starting 5 Jan.

Grants are payable at a rateable value from 15,000 (or) less and up to 51,000. The grant amount varies from £2,001 and up to £4,500 – worked out by your rateable value.

Please see below a breakdown on how the grant is worked out:

  • Rateable value of 15,000 or less – £2,001
  • Rateable value of 15,001 to 50,999 – £3,000
  • Rateable value of 51,000+ – £4,500

Access the full information on this scheme. 

NEW – Closed Business Lockdown Payment (CBLP)

Available to Scout Groups registered for business rates
(Not necessarily paying due to retail relief)

This is a one-off top-up payment, varying from 15,000 and up to 51,000. The grant amount varies from £4,000 and up to £9,000 – worked out by your rateable value.

Please see below how the grant is worked out:

  • Rateable value of 15,000 or less – £4,000
  • Rateable value of 15,001 to 50,999 – £6,000
  • Rateable value of 51,000+ – £9,000

It's hoped that all recipients of the previous LRSG Grants – linked to the November lockdown, will automatically be awarded a grant this time around as the regulations are allowing the absence of an application process.

Note – You're still able to apply for the grants back dated for the November lockdown!

Any new applications will also be considered under the subsequent schemes.

Applications/notifications of eligibility will need to be with local authorities before 31 March 2021, otherwise you'll miss out on this scheme.

Find out more information. 

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. 

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

Government Coronavirus Additional Restrictions Grant

Available to Scout Groups who are not registered for business rates.

This is a secondary scheme that is a local authority discretionary scheme. It is for those that have been asked to close from 05/11/2020 to 02/12/2020 due to the recent Government Restrictions and/or have suffered from a reduction in income.

Each local authority will have a different policy on this, but we urge groups to apply.

Groups will to need to prove that they have ongoing costs as an organisation and have suffered from a reduction in income (subs or other forms of income)

For full information on this scheme and how to apply click here. 

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.

Additional information.

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 their 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.

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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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