The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic created a period of uncertainty for lots of charities and organisations.
Although some funding packages helped charities to get through the last few years, we know that many of our Groups, Districts and Regions are still struggling to recover from the financial impact of the pandemic.
As Scouting continues to recover, we will keep this page open and aim to keep it updated with any new funding opportunities that may be relevant to local groups.
If you see any funds that we don't have here and you think would be useful to share with our groups, email us at email@example.com and we can add them.
I can't say enough how proud I am of all our members. As we recover from the pandemic, I know that Scouts will be vital to rebuilding our society, bringing together communities, and supporting young people from all backgrounds to connect and develop skills that will help them to succeed.
Andrew Sharkey, Chief Commissioner of Scotland
Potential funds to apply for and top tips
We've created a list of funds below that you might be eligible for. Each fund will have different criteria, and won't be right for every group. You'll need to understand what your financial situation is so you can best choose the fund that might be right for you.
These funds are Scotland or UK-wide, but there may be more funding available for local areas. It is worth checking your Local Authority website and the websites of any local funders that you're aware of.
It is also worth searching Funding Scotland, a free online database of over 1,300 funds including many local Scottish community funds.
There is some great advice on the SCVO website that might help you with writing your funding applications.
We also pulled together a few of our top tips that we always keep in mind when writing applications:
Be bold. Scouting makes a real impact – we see it every week, but the funders probably don’t. Use numbers, quotes, case studies, images and stories - whatever it takes to get the message across about the huge difference you make to young people and communities across Scotland.
Know what you’re asking for and be specific. Be clear about what it is you’re going to do, why you’re going to do it, who it will benefit and how much it will cost.
Read the small print. Make sure you’re eligible for the funding. If you’re not sure, drop the funder an email or give them a call - they might be able to help you, although this isn't always possible during busy times.
The Kiltwalk is a great way to raise funds for Scouting in Scotland. Not only is it a fun sponsored event, but The Hunter Foundation will kindly also top up what you raise by 50% (up to a max of £5,000).
You can do the Kiltwalk to raise funds for Scouts Scotland, or for local Groups, projects, capital items, or international trips like the World Scout Jamboree.
You can only raise funds through the Kiltwalk for a registered charity or local community cause and have a designated charity/organisation bank account with 2 signatories, so you will need to speak to your Group, District or Region to do this. The Group, District or Region would need to register with the Kiltwalk and be added to their website. You can find out everything you need to know about that here: https://www.thekiltwalk.co.uk/charity/get-involved
If you’re fundraising for something like the World Scout Jamboree, your Group, District or Region would need to collect the funds directly and then transfer to the Region towards the payment of your Jamboree fee.
On your fundraising page, you should make it very clear what you are raising funds for, so people understand exactly what their donations will go towards.
With events happening across the year, it’s definitely worth checking out.
Good luck with your fundraising!
In September 2020 the Robertson Trust launched their new funding strategy.
If your group or activities meets their funding criteria of helping to alleviate the effects of poverty and trauma in your community you may be eligible.
There are 3 main funding streams (Wee Grants, Small Grants and Large Grants) plus Community Vehicle and Community Building Grants.
No set closing dates- applications can be sent in at any time.
Organisations with an annual income of up to £2million and fitting the Trust criteria are eligible to apply.
Action Earth Volunteering Matters
Scout groups working towards community environmental projects may be interested in applying to the Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants. Funded by NatureScot, grants of between £50 and £250 are available to support volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to help local communities to respond to our nature and climate crises.
Activities should emphasize local nature enrichment and biodiversity improvements and could include creating or improving community gardens, shared spaces, wildflower meadows, ponds, woodlands and other wildlife habitats. Projects must be completed by January 31st 2023.
National Lottery Awards for All Scotland
You can apply to Awards for All for grants of between £300 and £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities. Applications are welcomed from voluntary or community groups, registered charities, sports clubs, not-for-profit companies, social enterprises, schools and statutory bodies.
Applications should do at least one of the following: bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities, improve the places and spaces that matter to communities, or help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage.
There are no deadlines and applications can be made at any time.
The Bank of Scotland Foundation Reach Fund will support Charities with an income of £1 million or less can apply for funding between £1,000 and £25,000.
Disadvantage - examples include charities addressing primary disadvantage such as homelessness, abuse, mental health or poverty, or secondary disadvantage such as debt issues, learning disabilities, illiteracy, lack of employability skills or health issues.
Social Exclusion - examples include charities addressing exclusionary challenges for minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT people, drug users, institutional care leavers, the elderly or the young.
If your group is in the vicinity of a windfarm, you may be eligible for a community benefit fund. The Foundation help to administer many community benefit funds that exist across Scotland to support the communities living near windfarms.
You can find out more about each fund and how to apply through the link below.
Tesco Community Grants
Charities and community organisations can apply for grants of up to £1,500. Tesco community grant funds thousands of local community projects across the UK including projects that support young people.
Co-op local community funds
The fund chooses new causes every 12 months. Keep an eye on the website for more details.
Groups may be eligible for the co-op local community funds for projects that bring people together to access food, helps improve people’s mental wellbeing, creates opportunities for young people to be heard and make a difference or helps people protect local biodiversity or tackle climate change.
Find out more here
Their Small Grants Scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities.
Their priority will be to support local charities still active in their communities which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community.
Charities that have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum can apply for between £2,000 and £10,000.
People’s Postcode Trust – Magic Little Grants
Magic Little Grants gives smaller charities and community groups the chance to apply online for a £500 grant to deliver projects across Great Britain.
In 2022, People's Postcode Trust will continue to work in partnership with Local giving.
Applications open from March 16th until October 31st.
People’s Postcode Trust
Grants of between £500 and £25,000 are available to local charities and other not-for-profit organisations based and working in Scotland to make a difference to their community.
Funding is for projects in Scotland that have a clear link with one of the Trust's themes which include enabling participation in activity, supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality, improving mental wellbeing and responding to the climate emergency.
In 2022 funding rounds will open at 9am on the first weekday of each month from February to October. The Trust will accept a limited number of applications in line with the amount of funds available for that round. Applications will then close until the start of the next month. There are no deadlines but rounds may close extremely quickly.
More information here
Gift Aid is a fantastic tool for Scouts to raise vital funds. If you're not already claiming Gift Aid, this is something that you could look into now that could make a big difference to your group financially. There is a bit of work required to get it set up, but you can potentially claim back for up to 4 years of Gift Aid that you've missed out on, and once you're set up your group will benefit for years to come.
Find out more information and how to apply on the Scouts UK Gift Aid webpage.