Grants for Groups

Grants are an extremely valuable source of funding for Scout Groups.

Grant programs are run by all levels of government (local, state and federal), business (eg. ANZ, NAB, RACV, Bendigo Bank) and Philanthropic Trusts and Foundations. Government and business grants are the most relevant to Scout Groups. In order to find and secure funding through grants it is important to identify your funding needs and research grants to find the most suitable for your purposes.

Grant Opportunities

Available Grants
There are many grants available to help your Scout Group raise money for special events, building refurbishments, equipment purchases and other expenses. These include:

Budget Direct Sponsorship
Budget Direct is accepting applications from local community groups that make meaningful improvements to the lives of Australians.
Sponsorships are available for amounts of $1,000, $2,500 or $5,000.
Click here for more information and to apply.

Grant closes 30th Nov 2019

Australian Geographic
Australian Geographic sponsors community organisations up to $10,000 in developing projects across the key areas of science, environment, adventure and community. These sponsorships are perfect for Venturers or Rovers completing their Queens Scout/BP awards.
Click here for more information and to apply.

Grant closes 30th Nov 2019

Safer Communities Round 5
The Safer Communities Fund Round 5 Infrastructure grants provide funding to community groups for crime prevention activities.

Project activities can include:

  • Infrastructure activities, such as installing:
  • fixed or mobile CCTV cameras
  • security lighting
  • fencing and gates
  • bollards
  • security and alarm systems

Minimum grant amount is $10,000.
Applications will be stronger if they include evidence of graffiti or anti-social behaviour on the premises.
Click here for more information and to apply.

Grant closes 10th Dec 2019

Building Better Regions Fund – Community Investments Stream – Round 4 – Drought Support
If you are in a drought affected part of NSW you are eligible to apply for a grant from $20,000 to help build a stronger regional community.
The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas. The projects can be either construction of new infrastructure or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure.
Click here to check your eligibility for the program.
Click here for information about the program and to apply.

Please contact the Grants Administrator Casssandra Armstrong at if you need assistance.

Grant closes 2pm, 19th December 2019

Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program
This grant program assists community and sporting groups across NSW in the purchase and maintenance of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). These grants cover 50% of the cost towards the purchase of a Defibrillator.

The base level AED package will include:
– An AED
– AED familiarisation instruction
– A minimum of six years of essential AED maintenance

Most defibrillators cost around $2,500 and the grant covers half of this cost.
Be sure to mention in your application that many of the activities that take part at your hall are highly physical and mention the distance of your hall from the nearest hospital.
Click here to apply

Grant closes 24th February 2020

Grants Toolkit

Getting a Grant
There are some things you can do to improve your chances of securing funding. These include:

  • Decide what you want to do – have a clear project plan.
  • Identify sources of funding – check the Internet, local community newspapers and magazines, and the national press for advertised grants.
  • Target your application – check what type of submission is required, talk to the funding agency for more information, read the guidelines thoroughly and strictly adhere to the deadlines.
  • Research your submission – assess community needs, locate data and information to support your request, get accurate costings, and canvass local community and political support for your project.
  • Quotes, quotes and more quotes! The more quotes you have the better your application will fare.
  • Letters of support – where possible get letters of support from other community organisations, for instance, groups that hire your hall or local support organisations such Lions, Apex or Rotary.
  • Take care with presentation – be clear and concise, avoid using jargon, and structure your submission so it’s easy to follow.
  • Follow-up and support your submission – make sure it has been received and record all contact with the funding body.

Essential Information
All the bits and bobs you need to complete your grant applications can be found here.

Need help with your grant? Contact the Scouts NSW Grants Administrator on