Grants are an extremely valuable source of funding for Scout Groups.
Grant programs relevant to Scouting are administered by all levels of government in New South Wales including local Councils, State Government and Federal Government.
In addition, recurring and one-off grants are offered by a range of businesses, philanthropic trusts and foundations.
In order to find and secure funding through grants, it is important to identify your funding needs and then do some research on different grants to find the most suitable for your purposes.
Funding opportunities can be identified using either of these resources:
- Community Grants
- NSW Grants
- The Grants Hub
- Pro Bono Grants
- Grants Assist
- NCOSS – NSW Council of Social Service
- Grant Guru
There are many grants available to help your Scout Group raise money for special events, building refurbishments, equipment purchases, and other expenses. Some of the grants Scout Groups typically apply for include:
|Grant Name||Type||Infrastructure||Equipment / other||Training|
|Community Building Partnership Grant (CBPG)||State||Infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental, and recreational outcomes while promoting community participation, inclusion, and cohesion||No||No|
|CLUB Grants||State||Costs of construction, alteration, renovation, completion, and fit-out of buildings and community infrastructure||General community development and support activities
|Community Welfare and Social Services,
Community Development, Community Health Services (such as MHFA)
|Crown Reserve Improvement Grant (CRIF)||State||Development, maintenance, and protection of Crown reserves||No||No|
|Volunteer Grants||Federal (EOI, local federal MP & community committee shortlisting organisations)||Including: Indoor furniture and appliances,
Kitchen appliances, outdoor furniture, and equipment, storage
|Including: Fuel costs incurred by volunteers,
transport costs of volunteers with a disability, eligible small equipment, promoting awareness of and increasing participation in volunteering opportunities
|Mental health, first aid, leadership, communication, governance and/or working with vulnerable people.|
Stronger Communities Programme (SCP)
This program provides every federal electorate with $150,000 to fund small capital projects that improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant viable communities. Funding is available from $2,500 to $20,000. This Grant is by EOI (expression of interest) only.
Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF)
The BBRF funds project is 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 Community Investment Stream requires no contribution for amounts less than $20,000.
- 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.
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Some general tips to improve your chances of securing funding:
- 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.
For a more comprehensive guide, refer to the Grants Toolkit.
Need help with your grant? Contact the Scouts NSW Grants Administrator on firstname.lastname@example.org.