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Where to apply for funding externally

It can be tricky to know where to look when you are planning on applying for funding, so we have pulled together a few ideas for where you might want to look.

Youth Investment Fund (England only) - Medium capital and building works

We wanted to give you a head up about potential funding from Government that will support medium capital and building work. The Youth Investment Fund (YIF) Capital is a multi-year commitment, but £10m will be spent before March 2022. We suspect most applications will be for <£100,000 but that larger asks will be possible.

We suspect applications will be invited in January, and the Government is suggesting the money will need to be spent before March 2022, which we know could be challenging for many to achieve.

We are still awaiting further details on this funding to be confirmed so things may change. However,  we wanted to give you as much notice as possible of this potential funding opportunity and the chance to prepare an application in advance if you think it may be a relevant opportunity for you.

Please click below for further details about what the fund could be used for locally and how to prepare for applications.

Support with a bigger application

If you're applying for a grant of more than £50,000 which isn't related to capital funding or for any building projects, or if you think there may be an opportunity for The Scouts to receive funding from the organisation to support nationally, then please get in touch with the Strategic Funding team who may be able to support you.

You can email the Strategic Funding team at or 

We have listed below some trusts and foundations which provide funding, and may be a great fit for your project. When completing your application, make sure that you've really ensured your project meets the funders' objectives. Many funders receive sometimes hundreds of applications a year, so they'll discount any applications which haven't considered their objectives, and this may put you at a disadvantage when applying for funding at another time. 

Local funding opportunities

Below are opportunities that you can explore to apply for funding.



Scout buildings refurbishments

A number of funders make grants to charities and groups for building refurbishments. For groups with your own facilities, this could be a favourable option to secure important funding to make improvements or necessary maintenance on your Scout buildings. 

Keeping up-to-date

We know that funding rounds can change frequently, so we'll monitor the available funding, and update these pages every three months.

Last updated: December 2021

UK Headquarters Grants

Did you know that you can apply for grants through The Scout Grants Committee (SGC)? The SGC is the group of national volunteers who support the management of the grants provided to local Scouts. There are a range of funding opportunities through funding managed by the SGC, so why not check out what opportunities are available here first?  

Find out more about the available grants

Potential funding through Coronavirus

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. 

Find out more about potential funding through Coronavirus

Grant Funds to support Fundraising for Visits Abroad

There are many ways of fundraising for an international adventure.

Discover the funds available