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Training and Permits Fund

Grants of up to £250 to help people gain permits and lead activities.

Updated 29 September 2023

Funding towards the cost of young people and volunteers gaining permits and training associated with the Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme.

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.

Any young person or volunteer who'll support local Scouting through the regular use of their permit or training is eligible to receive this grant.

Applications must be submitted by a volunteer on behalf of themselves, another volunteer, or a young person.

We expect applicants to use their permit or training at least five times per year. 

Applicants can receive one grant per funding period. 

To ensure the limited funding we have available is shared throughout Scouts, groups (including sections), districts (including explorer units), counties, areas, regions, branches, and active support units can have a maximum of two applicants in receipt of a grant in any 24 month period.

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 assessment would be considered two projects.

The maximum grant amount is £250, up to the lower of the local contribution 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 £250.

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/SASU 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 Scouting bank account. This doesn't have to be the Applicant's.

Projects must be completed within 12 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, our approval must be obtained in writing before they occur.

An appropriate volunteer should submit the application, which asks for details about the:

  • Applicant
  • Project
  • Scouting 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


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

This grant is available only through Scouts. Please do not apply to Dacia directly.

Status: Open

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