Funding to support members in financial hardship to take part in international events
The Scouts has two funds to help support members in a position of financial hardship to take part in international experiences. This fund is for members taking part in experiences that are not UK Contingent events.
Financial hardship can be a difficult subject to discuss with young people, parents and leaders, but these conversations are important to support those who could benefit to provide specific evidence that shows why funding is needed. Find support on how to do this.
Funding limits and conditions:
Applicants can receive funding covering up to 50% of the costs of trip, up to a maximum of £500 per individual.
Applications cannot subsidise a whole international activity, and can only be awarded to those participants who have been named on the application form and for whom evidence has been submitted.
Only one application can be received for an individual activity, so if you are completing an activity with another Scouting body please complete one application only.
Payment must be made to a Scouts account rather than to individuals.
The level of reserves held by the Scouting body from which an activity is based will be considered as part of the grant award process.
Headquarters International Fund
These funds support adults and young people in positions of financial hardship to travel abroad and access activities that support the global programme.
The fund can support the following activities:
- international experiences abroad
- national jamborees abroad
- the hosting of foreign Scouts in the UK
- exchange visits
- Explorer Belt Expedition/Award
- Scouts of the World Award
- community development projects
- personal development of a young person
We will not fund individual experiences outside of Scouts or support members who are not part of the UK Scout Association.
We will not fund non-Scouts experiences and experiences as part of a UK Contingent (ie World Scout Jamboree, Moot and Roverway) these are instead funded through the UK Contingent Grants. Please visit this page for support for UK contingent events.
Adults and young people must meet at least one of the criteria for financial hardship. Similar to disclosure checks, we now ask for applicants to review evidence which will determine eligibility for these grants locally.
Evidence requirements for this fund:
- A set of accounts
- A signed consent form
- Visits abroad form
- Evidence of the cost of the activity (e.g. for a camp, what is being charged per young person)
Before you apply:
- Groups/units/districts etc who have the funding available should support their members with costs in the first instance. Please read our reserves policy before applying.
- Ensure you have spoken to the parent or leader who is struggling to cover the costs of the activity and that they understand how the funding will support them.
- Request and review their evidence (physically, you should never digitise or take copies of this information).
- Complete the consent form.
- Have your most recent set of accounts available to add as an attachment. Read this helpful guide for more information.