Grants and Loans

The West Sussex County Scout Council aims to award Grants and Loans that support the County achieve its development targets alongside the Scout Association’s Strategic Vision towards 2018. The four priorities of the Scout Association’s Vision are:

Growth
To increase the number of youth members and volunteers.

Inclusivity
To be as diverse as our communities.

Youth Shaped
To ensure Scouting is shaped by young people in partnership with adults.

Community Impact
To make a positive impact in our communities.


The West Sussex County Scout Council aims to award Grants and Loans that support the County achieve its development targets alongside the Scout Association’s ‘Skills for Life’ strategy.

‘Skills for Life’ is a strategy that supports and empowers both young people and volunteers. Full details of the complete strategy can be found here.

As a County, we want to establish the widest possible range of opportunities for young people and adults involved in local Scouting. Our grants and loans policy aims to achieve that goal by ensuring that any awards are consistent with our development strategy.

It is recognised that the Scout Association’s ‘Skills for Life’ strategy is appropriate to Scouting as a whole. Local projects such as HQ improvements, fencing or roofing etc. are equally important to the maintenance and provision of safe Scouting and will be considered.

We may not be able to support individuals, Groups or Districts who commit to expenditure before submitting an application and agreeing that it meets a strategic need.

We are not able to support individuals, Groups or Districts for Uniform purchase / Camping Equipment / Computing / IT and Internet expenditure.

The County Executive Committee meets six times a year and all applications are considered at these meetings.  The cut-off dates for receiving grant and loan applications are published in the County Diary. Click here for information.

New Grants and Loans Policy

The Grants and Loans policy has been extensively reviewed over the last few months with the changes introduced on 1st April 2019. The basic outline is shown below but for more information and Grant Request forms please follow the links.

Types of Grants available

The Grants and Loans policy has been extensively reviewed over the last few months with the changes introduced on 1st April 2019. The basic outline is shown below but for more information and Grant Request forms please follow the links.

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County Grants

  • Grants for all other purposes were discontinued 1st April 2019. Click here for information.

County Hardship Grants

  • All hardship cases are considered by the County Executive. Click here for information.

International Grants

  • All International Expeditions are considered by the County International Funding Committee. Click here for information.

Integrated Prevention and Early Help (IPEH)

  • Grants for youth members enrolled through the IPEH program are managed from the County Office. Click here for information.

Other Sources

If you require any advice on how to try and achieve additional grant funding for your project, please contact our Grant Advisers.