Gloucestershire is able to provide two different types of funding. The support fund is there to enable people who need financial assistance to participate in Scouting. County funding is also available for programmes and activities that enhances the development of young people in the County.
If you are considering to ask the Gloucestershire County Executive Committee for support towards a programme or activity that will enhance the development of the young people involved, then please read this briefing as it will give you guidance on what you can and cannot ask for and whether your bid will be successful.
If you require financial support, it is essential that you apply at least 12 months in advance of the event. This will enable the Executive Committee to set aside the necessary budget.
What you are going to do?
The County Executive Committee is keen to support events that will enable young people to achieve a specific goal especially where the opportunity is unlikely without this support. Expeditions such as Explorer Belt and international ventures are two examples where the Executive Committee would be interested in supporting. The County Executive Committee will not fund the entire event as they expect the participants to finance most of the costs through organised fundraising, personal contributions or a combination of both.
What can I ask for?
There are three areas that you can ask for funding:
- To buy equipment that can join the Gloucestershire County stores after the event
- Funding to supplement the costs that supporting adults attending the event may incur
- Equipment that will be used to support Scouting in deprived communities (UK or abroad)
The County Executive Committee will not fund full costs, consumables or such expenses as insurance.
How do I put together a bid?
To prepare your bid, please refer to the County policy for supporting activities and camps
Provide a summary of the event with as much detail as possible. This needs to include the aims of the event, who will benefit from it and how, why you are doing it, how it will promote Scouting (including Gloucestershire Scouting) and what activities you will be doing afterwards that will benefit others in the community.
You need to produce a comprehensive budget forecast outlining all the costs and income you expect. Include estimated successes in fundraising and where the money from the county bid (if successful) will fit.
You will also need to show a projection on how many young people will be attending and the number of supporting adults. You must clearly show that you have taken on board the requirements and recommendations of The Scout Association on running such an event by referring to Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR) and guidance fact sheets (all available from Gilwell Park)
What happens next?
Once you have prepared the required information, meet with the Deputy County Commissioner activities to discuss the event. If the Deputy County Commissioner activities feels that the event has a chance of gaining some or all of the funding then it will be taken to the next County Executive Committee meeting for consideration. However, there is no guarantee that funding will be given. Success is based on a number of factors including:
- Does it meet the three areas outlined earlier?
- Number of bids received
- Amount of available funds
If your bid is unsuccessful, then the county will offer support on identifying other funding options that might be available to you. Good Luck!
Gloucestershire County Scout Council aims to provide Scouting to as many people across Gloucestershire as is possible, regardless of ability, background or any other factor that makes us different from one another.
To this end, the County has created a fund that provides support to young people (or adults) facing financial hardship. The aim is to give every young person who wants the opportunity to be a Beaver, Cub, Scout, Explorer Scout or Network member the chance to do so, whatever their circumstances may be.
It is the view of Gloucestershire County Scout Council that Groups and, subsequently Districts, should be the first and second port of call for help for those families experiencing financial hardship. However, it is recognised that some Groups and Districts may, at times already have strains on their resources and thus, a County Support Fund is also available.
Trusts and Grants
Please note that all grant applications should be sent to the County Commissioner and District Commissioner (where relevant) for approval before being submitted.