Scouting happen

Following the suspension of face-to-face Scouting because of Coronavirus, we have reviewed the funds that we have available for our individual grants programmes. We have had to suspend some programmes and we have added one new programme to support Scout Groups who are operating in areas of deprivation and are struggling financially. 

The commitment of the Board to support this work at a local level means we can put the strategy into practice in every community across Scotland, making sure everyone has the opportunity to be part of Scouting and develop skills for life

Gordon Robertson, Chair of the Scottish Board

What we can fund

Support for Scouting in Areas of Deprivation - NEW

 We recognise that the restrictions on Scouting as a consequence of Covid-19 will have caused financial difficulty to a number of Scout Groups and that this may be especially challenging for Groups operating in areas of deprivation.

We have created a fund to support Scout Groups who find themselves in this situation. The fund can offer a small grant of up to £1,000 for eligible Scout Groups.

The fund can be used for rent, utility bills, building maintenance e.g. boiler repair, buildings/contents insurance, equipment required to support Scouting under restrictions e.g. lighting, high visibility vests, open-sided shelters, hand gel dispensers, or expenses of a similar nature.

To be eligible, the Scout Group must be supporting young people in your local authority’s most deprived communities. You can check your Scout Group meeting place postcode on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation –

Check out the guidance notes and application form for more information.

Additional Support Needs Grant

We can support young people with additional needs to access Scouting or to take part in specific activities. We’ll help fund specialist equipment, training for volunteers or to allow a carer or other support to attend an activity. Adaptations to buildings will not be considered under this grant.

Adventurous Activity Training and Permits

We can support up to 1/3 of the course costs up to a maximum grant of £200 towards training in Scout skills, a Scout permit, an external qualification, permit assessment, or the assessment of an external qualification. 

New Section Start Up Support

We want to help you grow Scouting locally, so we’ll provide £400 in financial support towards specific start-up costs like hall hire or membership fees.

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Download the guidance notes

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Skills for life

Find out more about how Scouting is helping to prepare better futures in Scotland.

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