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.
There are many grants available to help your Scout Group raise money for special events, building refurbishments, equipment purchases and other expenses. These include:
Stronger Communities Programme
Provides each of the 151 federal electorates with $150,000 to fund small capital projects that improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant viable communities. This year you are not required to contribute 50% of the project costs. Funding is available from $2,500 to $20,000. While applications do not close until 22 March 2021, you must obtain an Expression of Interest Form (EOI) from your local Federal MP first. The EOI dates will close much sooner.
Building Better Regions Fund
The BBRF funds projects being run outside of Sydney. The purpose of this fund is to build stronger regional communities. There are two different streams in this program, the Community Investments Stream and the Infrastructure Project Stream: The Community Investments Stream supports non-infrastructure related activities, such as events and seeks to provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas. So, for instance, regional Gang Shows, leadership camps, centenary events for local Scout Halls, Jamboree trips, movies under the stars etc. The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects that involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure.
The Infrastructure Stream offers grant funding from $20,000 but requires a 50% co-contribution except in cases of extreme financial hardship. The Community Investment Stream requires no contribution for amounts less than $20,000.
To apply click here.
Grant round closes 5 March 2021
Essential Energy – Community Support
This program offers donations of $200 (GST exclusive) towards hall maintenance costs in rural and regional areas of NSW. To see if you’re eligible and to apply click here.
Grant round closes 28 March 2021
Damien Greer Lawyers Community Grant 2021
The Damien Greer Lawyers Community Grant program recognises and celebrates organisations that strive to make a positive impact within their local community. Grants of up to $2,500 are available.
Grants close 31 July 2021
Click here to apply
ClubGrants is one of Australia’s largest grant programs providing more than $100 million in cash each year across NSW. Each club opens at different times of the year so be sure to check regularly.
To find your local ClubGrants click here
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.