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:
The Matana Foundation
The Matana Foundation is dedicated to assisting young people gain access to the information, education, skills and resources that will empower and enable them to achieve self-sufficiency. The will accept applications at any time during the year for grants of up to $10,000. Applications are made in two stages, Preliminary Enquiry and Detailed Application. A Preliminary Enquiry will be notified of the outcome within two weeks of receipt and if considered to have merit may be invited to submit a Detailed Application. For more information on this opportunity go to: www.matanafoundation.org.au
Peter Brock Foundation
The Peter Brock Foundation funds community programs that emphasise a growing understanding of self-reliance and responsibility. The will accept applications at any time during the year for grants of up to $10,000. Details on how to apply can be found at the foundation’s web site: www.peterbrockfoundation.com.au
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 2017 Round of the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Grants has now closed. The CBPGs are offered by the NSW Government for the progression of capital works.
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.