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Census 2021 & Funding Support for Groups and Districts

For Scout Groups

We know many Groups have struggled financially to cover the fixed costs of keeping Scouts going locally. Some of the information requested in census this year will be around funding support for your Group. The answers to these questions, coupled with the membership data you provide, will determine if you will be able to receive money from the Recovery fund that has been built through the Race Round the World appeal, and money secured from grants and funds nationally through Pears Foundation and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. This funding will be available to all Groups/Units in the UK.

How this works

On the Scout Group census return, we have added new questions based around:

  • Whether your group can afford to pay its upcoming bills for the next 6 months
  • If you have been able to collect your usual membership fee from families during the pandemic
  • What other income you have been able to raise in grants or from other sources
  • How your income over the last year compares to the same period last year

Based on the responses to these questions, District Commissioners will be asked as part of the usual census approval if there is any other support that can be offered to the group from the District, or County / Area / Region. DC’s should speak with their District Chair and County / Area / Regional Commissioner to see what support can be offered. If there is no other local support for Groups, DC’s can put groups forward for support from the Scouts Recovery Fund.

We will then use existing and historical census data to assess which groups are in the greatest need of support. The factors we will take into account include:

  • How the membership of the group has changed (up to census 2020)
  • Is the group in a recognised area of deprivation
  • The proportion of young people in the group who are from a BAME background

The last factor is included in the criteria as we know that BAME communities have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but no one criteria will guarantee or exclude groups from receiving a grant.

Once complete, we will notify the groups who we have been successful in securing a grant, and we will publish the criteria we have used for awarding these grants for 2021. We will be contacting by email, the individual who completes the group census return, so please make sure that individual enters a valid email address when completing census as there will be additional steps that will need to be taken so we can issue the grant as quickly as possible.

The final grant awarded will be proportional to the number of young people you have, and the amount per head will be greater than the value of the UK membership fee, with higher amounts paid per head to those in areas of deprivation. Due to the nature of the funding that makes up the recovery fund, the award for some groups will be a part or full waiver of their UK membership fee.

For Districts

As well as Groups needing support, we also know that some Explorer Units may need support. As per POR, Explorer Units are a part of the Scout District, and as such the District is responsible for the governance of Explorer Scout Units. We also know that some Districts may not be able to cover the costs related to their own Explorer Scouts Units. Because the operation of Explorer Scouting is different in every district, we have created a separate application process for Districts to apply for support.

Apply for support from the recovery fund for a Scout District. This form asks the same questions as we ask Groups, and applications from Districts will follow the same process as above.