About the Family Support Fund

The Family Support Fund was established by the Chief Commissioner, Neville Tomkins OAM, JP in 2017. The Fund aims to assist current and prospective youth members to afford the cost of Scouting. Assistance is limited to those families, youth and young Leaders in genuine need of financial assistance.

Grants can be requested for any young person, aged 6 to 18 years, residing in NSW, and will assist with the costs of Membership fees, uniform requirements, equipment and Activity fees for up to 12 months.

Grants are also available for Rovers and trainee Youth Leaders who are not yet financially independent and in genuine need of financial assistance.

To find out if you are eligible to apply go to ‘Information for Applicants’.

The Family Support Fund is run wholly for the benefit of successful applicants. 100% of funds donated are distributed to families (apart from any corpus that might be established). Donations to the fund through Scouts NSW of $2 and over are tax-deductible.

Helping Families in Need

Sometimes, families find it’s difficult to make ends meet and need a little extra support.

The principles of Scouting ensure that we provide access to ALL young people – the Family Support Fund is a safety net for young people who would otherwise not be able to participate in the Scout Program.

The Chief Commissioner of Scouts NSW, Neville Tomkins, said, ”Scouts is a fully inclusive organisation. It aims to provide youth from different backgrounds with lifelong skills from the world renowned Scout program.”

“Youth and young Leaders from financially disadvantaged backgrounds have a lot to gain from our program. This includes leadership and team building skills, as well as personal confidence, resilience and self-reliance,” Neville added.

“To ensure youth from families of financially disadvantaged backgrounds or who are experiencing financial stress can participate fully in Scouting, we have established a Family Support Fund. This Fund will help youth members with the purchase of their Scout uniform, the membership fees, and the cost of outdoor activities such as camping, bushwalking, rock climbing, and adventurous pursuits.”

“The Family Support fund initiative will help develop young people to be better citizens of the local, national and international communities regardless of their background,” Neville concluded.