Scouting happen

We have a variety of grant disbursal programmes that allow individuals, Scout Groups, Districts, Regions and national projects to be partially or fully funded.

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

Additional Support Needs Grant

We can support members 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.

Standard Development Grants

We support Scout Groups, Districts, Regions and national projects with recruitment, inclusivity, community impact projects and wider programme development including the purchase of related equipment.

We continue to support Scout Groups and Units to recover from the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic and acquire the resources needed to support Scouting under restrictions e.g. lighting, high visibility vests, open-sided shelters, hand gel dispensers, or expenses of a similar nature.

Applications that support members in disadvantaged settings are especially welcome.

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.

Adventurous Activity Training, Skills Training, and Permits

We can provide 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.

Support for Scouting in Areas of Deprivation

This support is provided through The Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities programme and can reduce costs of activity days and camps; buy equipment that allows skills to be taught; provide leadership training and give young people a place to belong.  

It's aimed at young people aged between 10 and 24, which means Scouts, Explorer Scouts, and Scout Networkers. To be eligible they must live in or be a member of a Scout Group or Unit that is situated in an area of deprivation (measured by Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation in the context of the local authority that this area is within) or an area that is experiencing anti-social behaviour/criminal activity that Scouting can act as a diversion from.

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

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