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:
Solar Communities Program – Funding Deadline 31 May 2018
As part of its “Solar Communities Program” the Federal Government is seeking applications from eligible community groups to apply for funding, between $2,500 and $12,500, to cover the purchase, installation and final inspection of solar panels, batteries and/or solar hot water systems. Approximately 130 Scout Halls are eligible for this funding.
Please keep in mind that solar power may not be suitable for every Scout Hall.
Click here to see if your Group is eligible.
Locating a Grant
Grants can be found by looking through local community newsletters newspapers and national newspapers, writing to or emailing your local Council and State and Federal MPs, visiting the Parliamentary Library’s Guide to Community Grants and Community Builders website, or subscribing to the NSW EasyGrants newsletter.
The 2018 Round of the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Grants is now open! The CBPGs are offered by the NSW Government for the progression of capital works. Grant funding of up to $330,000 is available for every electoral district. Click here to find out how to apply.
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.
- 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.
Grants Workshop Template
Grant Writing essentials are summarised in this Powerpoint Presentation.
Need help with your grant? Contact the Scouts NSW Grants Administrator on firstname.lastname@example.org.