Q and As

Am I eligible?

Grants are available for any youth members aged 6 to 18, living in NSW and whose carers would find it difficult to cover the annual costs of Scouting.

Grants are also available for young adults who are training to be Leaders and who are not financially independent. Rovers in genuine financial need may also be eligible.

How do I apply?

To apply, download and complete the relevant form provided in the Application Form section then return it by email or post, as per instructions on the Application Form.

Your application will be combined with information from the Group Leader (or Crew Leader in the case of Rovers), and you will be notified of the outcome in three to four weeks.

What does the Grant cover and for how long?

Grants will assist with the typical costs of Scouting for up to 12 months, including membership fees, uniform requirements, costs and any equipment required for outdoor activities.

The Family Support Fund does not provide funding for Jamborees or international events. Other Grants are available for these events.

How long does it take for my application to be processed?

It normally takes three to four weeks for applications to be processed. Once you have submitted your completed application, the Family Support Fund Management Committee will assess it together with information provided by the Group Leader and then you will be notified by email or post (whichever you choose).

Who sees the information that I provide on the application form?

Your application will be treated with the utmost confidentiality, and forms will only be viewed by the Group Leader (Crew Leader if a Rover) and Family Support Fund Management Committee.

If I am successful in receiving a Grant, can I apply again next year?

Yes. If you find you are still under considerable financial pressure, you are welcome to reapply after the initial Grant period has concluded. However, priority will be given to those who have yet to receive assistance from the Fund.

What is expected from successful applicants?

Applicants are required to provide feedback on how the Family Support Fund has a made a positive impact on their lives. This information will be shared with our Donors and Scouting Community but identities of recipients will be kept confidential. A simple report of 100 words twice a year is sufficient.

Applicants are expected to have regular attendance at weekly meetings (except in the case of Lone Scouts). If there is non-attendance for four weeks in a row, without a valid reason, the Grant will cease.

There is also an expectation to participate in a group based fundraising activity, to make a contribution towards annual costs.