The Grants and Loans policy was reviewed in 2018/19 with the changes introduced from 1st April 2019.

Startup Grants (Squirrels- Explorers)

The County offers support from our Growth & Development Officer, Mark Guy, as well as financial support. The Start-up Grants are as follows:

  • New Section £500.
  • New Group £1,500 – in addition, the County and TSA element of the membership fees will be reduced in the first year as follows:
    • 0-3 months before Jan 31st census count –  100% discount
    • 4-6 months before Jan 31st census count –   75% discount
    • 7-9 months before Jan 31st census count-   50% discount
    • 10-12 months before Jan 31st census count- 25% discount

OSM Grants

County will automatically fund OSM subscriptions for all groups / sections / units as it becomes due for renewal


County Hardship Grants

  • Individuals need to successfully apply for a hardship grant from The Scout Association (TSA). Further HQ details and an application form can be found here
  • Group / Unit 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.
  • Hardship grant can be used for any purpose and will also be paid in addition to any international or IPEH funding.

Early Help Grants (EH)

  • 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  international trips.

International Grants

  • 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.
    • Hardship grants may be claimed (see above).
    • IPEH funding is not allowable.
  • All other International events
    • A grant of 10% of the total cost will be paid to youth members (subject to a maximum grant of £100).
    • In addition, a similar leader grant will be paid (subject to ratio of 1:6).
    • There will be a cap on any expedition of £3,000.
    • Funds will 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.

Adventurous Training Grants

County will allocate an annual budget for Adventurous Training which will be managed by a panel, led by ACC Activities, who will determine the allocation of funds. SASU members and County Assessors will (from April 2020) be required to submit all their training needs to the panel as will applications for adventurous training permits which are outside of a SASU.

The Assessor Funding application should be submitted to the ACC Activities using the form below.

Funding is available for adventurous activity training required to support:

  • Adults gaining TSA activity permits and supporting Scouts in gaining access to that activity.
  • Explorer/Network members to obtain an adventurous activity qualification as part of Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme or similar.
  • County Assessors

Funding is not available for:

  • Young people to take part in adventurous activities
  • Or for adults to participate in activities not approved by TSA adventurous activities scheme.

County Loans

County Loans should be discussed with the County Grants and Loans Coordinator before any application is made. 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 GSL, DESC or DC using the form below

  • Interest free.
  • Loans available up to the value of £10k.
  • Loans <£5,000 repayable over 36 months.
  • Loans > £5,000 repayable over 60 months.
  • Can be used for any district/ unit/ group project.
  • Group/ Unit loans need to be guaranteed by Districts.
  • District loans are issued in good faith.