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Outdoor Adventure Fund

Making outdoor adventures more affordable and accessible with grants of up to £500.

Updated 29 September 2023

What is the Outdoor Adventure Fund

We know that achieving the Top Awards in Scouts can be expensive. Therefore, the Outdoor Adventure Fund is looking to make our Top Awards more affordable and accessible, with grants of up to £500.

This funding is to help towards the cost of equipment, travel, and generally making the outdoor adventure element more affordable and accessible.

This scheme is wholly funded by our partnership with Dacia. Please note that changes to the Grant Scheme's purpose, limits, and restrictions may be made at any time.

This grant is available only through Scouts, so please do not apply to Dacia directly for this funding.

Applicant - The person or unit of local Scouting to whom or which the grant is allocated for undertaking the project.

Application - The details submitted in the application form and any associated documents or information.

Contact - The person submitting the application.

Funding Period - The project duration plus 12 months.

Grant - The sum of money awarded through the grant scheme.

Grant Offer - The email or letter that confirms the details and conditions of the grant.

Grant Report - A brief report submitted upon completion of the project to tell us how the grant was used.

Grant Scheme - The programme through which financial support is awarded for an agreed purpose.

Local Contribution - The sum of money contributed by the applicant themselves or to the applicant from unrestricted or designated funds belonging to local Scouting.

Local Scouting - A Group (including associated Sections), District, County, Area, Region, or Branch of Scouting in the United Kingdom or British Scouting Overseas, sometimes referred to as a 'unit'.

Project - The tasks, activities, services, or other purposes for which the grant is provided. 

Project Duration - The time during which our funding is active, starting when we approve the grant and ending when we approve the grant report.

We/us/our - The Scout Association.

This grant scheme provides funding towards the training and assessment costs of any permit listed on the Activity Permit List as detailed in the Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme.

This includes:

  • the technical competency assessment of permit applicants
  • National Governing Body (NGB) training and assessment required of members who wish to become assessors
  • Training course related costs that enable young people and volunteers to reach permit-holder standard

Grant applications can be made for one project. A project constitutes any costs or requirements related to one activity.

Example 1: An archery assessment would be considered one project.

Example 2: An archery training course and subsequent assessment would be considered one project.

Example 3: An archery training course and a climbing training course would be considered two projects.

Example 4: A climbing assessment and kayaking assessment would be considered two projects.

Young people undertaking any of the following top awards are eligible to receive this grant:

  • Chief Scout's Platinum Award
  • Chief Scout's Platinum Award
  • King's Scout Award
  • Explorer Belt

Applications can be made as unit of local scouting or as an informal group of young people.

Applicants can receive one grant per funding period.

The maximum grant amount matches local contribution up to the lower of £500 or 50% of the project costs.

Example 1: Project costs £500. Local contribution is £100. Maximum grant would be £100.​ 

Example 2: Project costs £500. Local contribution is £300. Maximum grant would be £300.

Example 3: Project costs £500. No local contribution. No grant would be awarded.

There is no maximum project cost.

Applicants may be offered less than the maximum grant amount.

This grant scheme operates on a first come, first served basis.

All conditions of any relevant previous grants must be completed.

Applications for grants from UK Headquarters must have the relevant approvals: 

  • Group applications must have the approval of the Group Chair and the District Commissioner.
  • District applications must have the approval of the District Chair and the County Commissioner.
  • County/Area/Region/Branch/Active Support Unit applications must have the approval of the Chair and lead or appropriate Commissioner.

Where one of the roles named above is vacant, approval should be sought from the relevant acting volunteer as per POR 16.6.

Grants must be paid into a Scouts bank account. This doesn't have to be the applicants bank account.

Please note that projects must be completed within 6 months of grant approval. A brief report about how the grant was used will be due upon completion of the project.

Grants can be used solely for the project they were applied for. Should changes to the project be required, approval must be obtained in writing before they occur.

An appropriate volunteer should submit an application. The application asks for details about the:

  • Applicant
  • Project
  • Scout bank account

You'll need to upload:

  • Written proof of project costs
  • Written proof of Chair and Commissioner approvals
  • An unredacted bank statement in PDF format dated within the past three months, clearly showing the following information:
    • Name of bank or building society
    • Name on account
    • Sort code
    • Account number

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