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 ‘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.

Startup Grants

  • New Section £500, New Group £1,500. Click here for information.

County Grants

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

County Loans

  • Loans available up to the value of £10,000. Interest free. 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.

Start-up Grants

Opening a new group, section or unit is a very exciting time in local Scouting. The County offers support from our Growth & Development Officer, Mark Guy, as well as financial support. The Start-up Grants have been revised from 1st April 2019 and are described below.

  • A new Section in a Group or District Explorer Unit will receive a grant of £500.
  • A new Group will receive a grant of £1,500.

The application can be made by the Group Scout Leader, DESC or District Commissioner using this form.

Going forward the County will financially support any new Group in their first year of operation. The County and Scout Association’s membership fees will be reduced as follows;-

  • A Group starting between 0-3 months before Jan 31st census count will receive a   100% discount.
  • 3-6   months before Jan 31st census count  –   75% discount.
  • 6-9   months before Jan 31st census count –   50% discount.
  • 9-12 months before Jan 31st census count –   25% discount.

Headquarters Funding

UK Scout Headquarters also offer funding for a new Group, Section or Unit, but the HQ Grants Committee will only award start-up grants where the new Group, Section or Unit meets in a deprived area based on the rating given to the Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Further HQ details and an application form can be found here.

Project Grants and Loans

The Grants and Loans policy was revised extensively from 1st April 2019 and is described below.

County Grants

Grants for local projects such as HQ improvements, fencing or roofing etc. and all other purposes were discontinued 1st April 2019.

County Loans

It is recognised that the Scout Association’s ‘Skills for Life’ strategy is appropriate to Scouting as a whole and so going forward the County is able to offer interest free loans for any district / unit / group project.

Loans are available up to the value of £10,000. All loans are interest free and payable by standing order over a maximum of 60 months. Ideally, the loan arrangements will need to be discussed with the Grants and Loans Coordinator before any application is made.

Loans to Groups or District ES Units loans will need to be endorsed and guaranteed by Districts.  District loans will be issued in good faith but must be endorsed by the District Executive Committee.

We may not be able to support loans if individuals, Groups or Districts have committed to expenditure before submitting an application.

The application can be made by the Group Scout Leader, DESC or District Commissioner using this form.

County Hardship Grants

The County Executive will support hardship cases. It relies on the judgement of The Scout Association’s Grants Award procedures to award individual grants. All individuals will need to successfully apply for a hardship grant from The Scout Association.  Further HQ details and an application form can be found here.

  • When the HQ grant is awarded, individual members will receive 33.33% of remaining costs to a maximum of £100.
  • District/ County members will receive 50% of remaining costs to a maximum of £100.

Please keep in touch with the Grants and Loans Coordinator throughout this process. No forms from County are required, just phone calls and emails.

Hardship grants can be used for any purpose and will also be paid in addition to any International or IPEH funding.

International Grants

International Expeditions

Grants are available to financially support International Expeditions. Starting with the 2020 visits abroad the procedure has changed.

International events should be planned well in advance and the ACC International advised of your proposals. A deadline for grant applications is set as November 30th in the calendar year before the date of the trip, e.g. Trips for 2020 need to be received by November 30th 2019.

All expeditions will be reviewed in December and grants allocated from a budget set by the County Executive. The ACC International will advise the event leader of the funding in January of the year of the trip.

Funds will then be released to the event organizer one month before the departure date and upon confirmation that the trip is proceeding as planned. Hardship funds may be claimed but IPEH funding will not be granted.

Jamboree, Eurojam, Moots and IST

Funding for these events is ring-fenced by the County Executive and held by the ACC International.

Successful appointments, as a leader, IST or youth member, to an international event will action funding.  No application forms needed. ACC international or unit leaders will advise grant funding to successful applicants.

As above, Hardship funds may be claimed but IPEH funding will not be granted.

Integrated Prevention and Early Help (IPEH)

Grants for youth members enrolled through the IPEH program are managed from the County Office.

IPEH funding is for payment of subs and uniform to allow children to participate in weekly scout meetings.

IPEH funding cannot be used for UK camping or for international trips.