Scouting happen

We have a range of funding opportunities available to directly support local Scouting in Scotland.  Through our Scouts Scotland Grants Programme, we can fund a wide range of projects that will help us to support the future of Scouting in Scotland and create more opportunities for more young people and adult volunteers to develop skills for life.

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

Moray Macdonald, Chair of the Scottish Board

What we can fund

Support for the development of Scouting

Do you have an idea for growing Scouting, making it more inclusive or developing volunteers? We want to fund innovative new approaches to developing Scouting locally which meet the Scouts Scotland strategy. 

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 a Start Up Box worth £400 which has everything you need to get going, or £400 in financial support towards specific start-up costs like hall hire or membership fees.

Scottish Scout Adventures Centres Travel Fund

We know you are passionate about the difference that adventure residentials have on young people. We also know that you’ve told us that the cost of travel is one of the biggest barriers you face in delivering them. Which is why we have created this fund for Scottish members visiting our Scout Adventure Centres in Scotland – we don’t want this to be a barrier anymore.

Support for Scouting in areas of deprivation

Recognising the unique challenges facing Groups in areas of deprivation this fund will support you to grow or sustain Scouting. We’re open to innovative ideas and can be flexible with funding to meet your needs.

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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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