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.
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.
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.
We know that funding rounds can change frequently, so we'll monitor the available funding, and update these pages every three months.
Last updated: August 2021
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Local Connections Fund - National Lottery Community Fund
Between £300 - £2,500
The Local Connections Fund will be used to fund hundreds of ‘microgrants’ between £300 and £2,500, so small, local organisations (with an annual income of £50,000 or less) can bring people and communities together.
Andy Fanshawe Trust
£3,500 each year
Projects that give disadvantaged young people the chance to develop an existing interest in the great outdoors. There is no application form, but you need to send an email covering off the questions outlined on their website.
Asda Foundation provides grants for programmes which really make a significant difference to local communities and the people who live there. You will need the support of an Asda Community Champion to progress with your application.
Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust
The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust provide grants to support young people 11-25 in societies who face the greatest challenges and whose opportunities are most limited.
Awards for All
Awards for All part of the National Lottery Community Fund. They will fund organisations with great project ideas that:
- Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities.
- Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities.
- Help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage.
Battersea Power Station Foundation
Up to £5,000
Battersea Power Station Foundation provide grants of up to £5,000 to charities with an annual income of less than £500,000 to support smaller scale projects that can quickly make a big difference to local communities.
Biffa UK Wide
Up to £200,000
Biffa operate a community buildings scheme, supporting new build and improvement works projects through their Main Community Buildings Scheme. Projects must be within 10 miles of a Biffa Operation. Priority is given to projects that can demonstrate innovative use of a community amenity to enhance, maintain or introduce real, community-led social, economic or environmental improvements. Must be within 5 miles of a Biffa operation or within 10 miles of a Biffa landfill site.
£10,000 to £100,000
The CAF Resilience Fund exists to help charitable organisations in England that support the people hardest hit by Covid-19.
£500 - £10,000
Funding applications are open to groups in the UK with an active interest in improving access to water for recreational users and protecting the environment.
The Co-Op local community fund helps pay for local projects that their members care about, using 1% of what members spend on selected own-branded products and services goes to help fund community projects where they live. To be accepted you must have a project in mind that will benefit your local community.
Up to £250k
Open to Groups in England who can evidence a deficit as a result of Covid-19 between November 2020 and March 2021, can demonstrate local demand and are at risk of insolvency. Applications close on 19 February 2021 however they review and award applications on a rolling basis.
There's loads of support available to help you with your application, including stock answers and webinars.
To apply visit Youth Covid-19 Support Fund.
The Movement for Good Scheme offers 500 charities grants of £1,000, and 10 charities grants of £50,000.
Up to £350,000 (community engagement is a requirement
Entrust is the national distributor of the landfill tax to local distributors. Its emphasis is on developing a good local environment, including buildings and land. Section D of its priorities includes grant support to public amenities eg Scout Association buildings and land.
Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust
Small Grants - Up to £3,000, Medium Grants - £3,000 - £10,000, Large Grants - £10,000+
Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust fund charitable work in the County of Sussex, as well as Wildlife & Environmental Conservation across the UK.
FCC Community Action Fund
Up to £100,000
The FCC Community Action Fund provides grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 to not-for-profit organisations for amenity projects eligible under Object D of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF).
Only applications for projects sited within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment waste facility can be accepted.
£1,000 - £10,000
Greenhall Foundation make grants where their funding will make a tangible difference to the charity and prefer to issue grants to assist in funding special projects or specific items of equipment.
Hall & Woodhouse Community Chest
Between £400 - £4,000
Applications are welcome from any voluntary or community organisation that is based, or works in, our trading area across the south of England, from Devon to Kent and north to Bristol, Swindon, Bracknell and London. Groups can apply for grants or fundraising support ranging from £400 and £4,000 to help achieve their aims.
Jack's believes in investing in local communities, so they invite good causes and charity groups to apply for funding, with the top 4 being selected by their staff to receive a donation. The 4 shortlisted organisations get £250. Voting then begins in their store for the winner to receive a minimum of £500.
Leslie Sell Charitable Trust
This independent Trust Fund makes small grants to Scout Groups to help with the cost of making repairs, or purchasing sundry items of equipment. The LSCT also gives assistance to groups and individuals when they make trips in the UK or overseas.
Making a Difference Locally (MADL)
Local independently-owned stores that are partnered with Nisa, can nominate local charities to receive a donation. MADL is designed so the local stores can specifically support charities that are in their local communities.
Up to £400 per course
Mountain Training's Skills & Training Fund supports the delivery of skills and leadership courses to people who face barriers to participation and are under-represented in the adventure activities sector.
Plas y Brenin
Through a number of memorial trusts, Plas y Brenin offer funding to support young people access Mountain Training.
Princes Countryside Fund
Up to £10,000
This fund aims to support farming and rural communities to cope with the impact of Covid-19, to expand on new services that have emerged to support the local community during this time and to build future resilience. They are looking to fund projects with the aim of;
- Reduced isolation for those living in rural areas through improved and extended services
- Improved wellbeing for residents through an increase in community activity
- Greater resilience for rural communities to weather future outbreaks of Covid-19 or similar events through having tried and tested mechanisms of support in place.
Applications are encouraged from properly constituted, community-led organisations with a turnover under £500k per year, which can demonstrate how beneficiaries will be drawn from the local rural community. Applications should be from communities with a population of up to 3,000 residents.
The RDC Foundation awards grants to support young people under the age of 21 in recreational and leisure activities so as to develop their mental, physical and moral capabilities so that they grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society.
Robert Hall Foundation
The Robert Hall Foundation provides grants to charitable causes, with a particular focus on supporting scouting and youth projects.
The Small Grants programme from Sport England, offers funding to projects involving adults and young people aged 14 or over, which meet one or more of the aims of our ‘Towards an Active Nation’ strategy:
- Getting inactive people to become more active.
- Developing lasting sporting habits.
- Creating more positive attitudes among young people
- Developing more diverse volunteers.
- Improving progression and inclusion among the most talented. Projects working with young people should be predominantly aged 14 and above but we are happy to consider projects where a proportion of under 14s will benefit.
Sport England - Return to Play
Up to £50,000
Sport England has launched a new fund that will support groups, clubs and organisations that have been impacted by restrictions brought in to tackle Covid-19. The Return to Play Fund, is made up of three parts: a £10m small grants which will provide grants of between £300 and £10,000 to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a Covid-19-safe environment; a £5m Community Asset Fund that will provide grants ranging in value from £10,001 to £50,000 to help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces that can help them welcome back their local community safely; and a £1.5m Active Together fund which is a crowdfunding initiative will help sports clubs and organisations set up their own campaigns to help sustain them through the crisis. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Tesco Bags of Help
Bags of Help is always open for applications from charities and community organisations.
Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK*, with projects changing every other month. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £2,000, second place receiving up to £1,000 and third place up to £500.
The Arnold Clark Community Fund
Up to £1,000
The Arnold Clark Community Fund are making a commitment to give back to the communities in which they operate. They've created a fund to help registered UK charities and local community groups continue their important work during this challenging time. 500 grants are made each month, and if your application is not successful one month, it will roll over in to the next month.
The Foyle Foundation
£1,000 - £10,000
The Foyle Foundation has re-opened its Small Grants Scheme to support smaller, grass-roots and local charities across the UK during the Covid-19 crisis. Organisations which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000. Funding can be used to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services for charities with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum that can show financial stability and a clear need for their services. Competition for funding is expected to be strong. Applications can be submitted at any time.
The Henry Sell Charity
The Holiday Grants Programme provides grants for recreational trips and holidays for groups of children aged 13 and under in the UK who are disabled or disadvantaged. Priority is given to children in the 20% most deprived communities in the UK.
The Henry Smith Charity
Various funding amounts available
The Henry Smith Charity has a variety of grants available, all aimed at small and medium sized organisations and charities to support people in their local community.
The National Lottery Community Fund
The National Lottery Community Fund have a range of funding opportunities, offering funding from £10,000 up to £500,000.
Typically between £500 - £3,000
the7stars foundation, supports the most challenged young people in the United Kingdom. Assisting forgotten young people aged 16 years and under, lacking opportunity, to achieve their potential. Their funding looks to support those challenged by abuse; addiction; those who are young carers; and those without a safe place to call home. Their grant funding prioritises the areas of abuse, addiction, child carers and homelessness.
Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
Community Centres in deprived urban communities and Village Halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas can apply for grants of between £7,500 and £60,000 for new buildings; upgrading, renovating or extending buildings; improving or creating outside space. Applications can be submitted at any time and all applicants must have already secured 50% of the total funding needed to complete the project before they apply. The funding is being made available through the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation.
Variety Youth Club Grants
Typically between £250 and £600
Variety’s roots lie in supporting youth clubs. They’ve been supplying groups with essential equipment for 70 years. That’s why they set aside funding each year to support youth clubs that work with the most disadvantaged young people through informal education, positive activity, and skills development.
Young Explorers Trust
Grants made to young people only – not to groups. The Young Explorers' Trust offers grant aid to individuals aged nineteen and under who are taking part in expeditions or other adventurous activities. The definition of adventure should relate to the background and experience of the applicant.
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.
Albert Hunt Trust
The Albert Hunt Trust supports organisations that promote health and wellbeing; particularly those with an income below £250,000. However, they will look at capital projects, such as significant equipment purchases or building works irrespective of the income levels.
Bernard Sunley Foundation
The Bernard Sunley Foundation funds Capital projects in England and Wales which include new buildings, extensions, refurbishments and recreational spaces. They do not specify a funding limit.
CLA Charitable Trust
The CLA Charitable Trust is dedicated to helping those who are disabled or disadvantaged to visit and participate in learning experiences about the countryside in England and Wales.
Garfield Weston accepts applications from organisations working in the areas of Welfare, Youth, Community, Arts, Faith, Environment, Education, Health and Museums & Heritage. They recommend that you have around half of your funding identified before applying to them, so it should be for match-funding only. You can apply for capital costs (buildings, refurbishments), general running costs or project costs.
Up to £25,000
The Morrisons Foundation awards grant funding for charity projects which make a positive difference in local communities. In the main grants are available to fully fund projects, and can also be spent on building work.
Up to £5,000
The Screwfix Foundation supports projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need throughout the UK.
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