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:-

GrowthInclusivityYouth ShapedCommunity Impact
To increase the number of youth members and volunteers.To be as diverse as our communities.To ensure Scouting is shaped by young people in partnership with adults.To make a positive impact in our communities.

As a County, we want to establish the widest possible range of opportunities for young people and adults involved in local Scouting. The grants and loans policy of the West Sussex County Scout Council aims to achieve that goal by ensuring that any awards are consistent with our development strategy.
It is recognised that the Scout Association’s 2014/18 Vision 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.
The West Sussex County Scout Council 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.
The West Sussex County Scout Council is not be able to support individuals, Groups or Districts for Computing / IT and Internet expenditure.

Deadlines

The West Sussex County Scout Council meets six times a year at which time the members consider each application received. The cut-off dates for receiving grant and loan applications are published in the County Diary.

Types of Grants available

Groups and Districts who open new sections or units are able to apply to the West Sussex County Scout Council for a start-up grant of £250. Start-up grants are issued subject to the successful application for a Headquarters section start-up grant from the Development Grants Board (DGB) of £100. For more ambitious start-up projects, where a new Group is opened, we will make available a start-up grant of up to £1,500. Start-up grants are issued subject to the successful application for a Headquarters Group start-up grant from the DGB.

For more details see Start-up Grant Applications

International activities and international understanding are an integral part of Scouting. The West Sussex County Scout Council will support international expeditions through either a Group / Unit or an individual grant. For Group / Unit expeditions £100 will be granted to each individual young person travelling. The leaders accompanying them also qualify for an automatic grant of £100 per eight young people (under 18’s). In the case of individual applications, an individual planning an overseas expedition will typically receive a non-repayable grant of £100, although depending upon the purpose of the visit, more may be available in certain circumstances (for example, to support an overseas service or aid project).

For more details see International Grant Applications.

Whilst we expect Groups and Districts to raise the majority of their funding through local sources, there are cases where the West Sussex County Scout Council can help through a specific targeted grant or a loan. Applicants will be expected to produce a clear and balanced case for the grant, together with evidence of effective planning, consultation and how it assists the County in achieving its strategic targets toward the 2014 -18 vision.

For more details see Project Grants and Loans.

We recognise that access to adventurous activities perform an important role in the County achieving its strategic targets toward the 2014-18 vision. West Sussex has a range of specialist skills operating within groups or supporting the County, and so before applying for a grant please  discuss your requirement with the ACC Activities or one of the County Activities teams, details of which can be found on the Activities page.

If in agreement with the ACC Activities, you application can not be met through other means and has obvious value to Scouting,  then a grant application may be made.

For more details see Activity Support Grants.

The West Sussex County Scout Council are anxious that no young individual should be deprived of any expedition or camp due to personal circumstances. We administer a ‘Hardship Fund’, aimed at helping young individuals from disadvantaged families.

All enquiries should be made in the first instant to the County Grants Co-ordinator.

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

Directory Listing for Role: Grant Advisor

Name Email Team 
Richard Kinder Send A MessageGrants 
Fran Trimming Send A MessageGrants 

Team: Grants

RoleName Email  
County Grants Co-ordinator
Dave Spring Send A Message 
Assistant County Commissioner (International)
Gerald Telfer Send A Message
Assistant County Commissioner (Activities)
Paul Arkle Send A Message
Grant Advisor
Richard Kinder Send A Message 
Fran Trimming Send A Message