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

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

Community Building Partnership Grants

On 4 May 2020, the NSW Government opened a new round (Round 12) of the Community Building Partnership Grants. This is a great opportunity for Scout Groups, Campsites and Activity Centres to apply for much needed funding that will not only make a direct impact on Scouting but also support local jobs.

To view guidelines and more information, click here.

Applications for this grant are now closed.

Australian Communities Foundation

The Australian Communities Foundation (ACF) supports a range of charitable organisations and projects each year offering funds between $2,000 and $15,000. The Foundation’s donors are part of an engaged community of individuals, families, corporate giving groups, location-based giving circles and like-minded groups. As part of their donor engagement, ACF hosts a Funding Proposal Portal that allows their Donor community to identify grant opportunities aligned with their interests.

To submit a funding proposal, visit the Australian Communities Foundation website.

Grant is ongoing.


Community and COVID-19 Relief Grants

With traditional fundraising methods currently on hold due to social distancing restrictions, many Scout Groups are struggling to meet their financial obligations. If your Scout Group is struggling to pay the bills during this difficult time, there are some grants available that might help.

Essential Energy – Community Choices Program

The Community Choice Program provides funding of up to $2,500 for community groups doing it tough with the recent droughts, fires and the impacts of COVID-19.

Groups must be located within Essential Energy’s network area (area coverage does not extend to Sydney, Wollongong, Central Coast, Nowra).

Nominations close 5pm on 29 May 2020 with voting taking place the following week. Groups who promote the voting via social media have a better chance of being successful.

For more information and to apply click here

Australia Ethical Community Grants

The Australian Ethical Community Grants provide grants of $10,000 and $20,000 to enable community organisations to make a bigger impact within the charity they operate.

In order to be successful for this grant you must emphasise that your local Scout Group operates as financially independent from Scouts NSW.

Application close 22 May 2020.

For more information and to apply click here

City of Sydney COVID-19 Relief Grants – Quick Response Grants

For groups located in the City of Sydney LGA this grant can assist financially to help your group adapt, survive and recover from the pandemic.

Grant amounts are between $2,000 and $5,000 and are always open, however, it is best to submit your application as early as possible.

For more information and to apply click here

Camden Council COVID-19 Community Response Grants

For groups located in the Camden Council LGA you can apply for a grant of up to $15,000 to support Camden residents. This grant will help groups provide projects that address social isolation, e.g. Scouting@Home.

Applications close 31 May 2020.

For more information and to apply click here

Lake Macquarie – donations and financial assistance

Not-for-profit groups in the Lake Macquarie region can apply for a donation of up to $2,000.

Applications are open year-round.

For more information and to apply click here

Transurban Community Grants

This grant round is for community groups located close to Transurban roads and seeks applications from organisations suffering as a result of COVID-19.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available. Applications close 15 May 2020.

For more information and to apply click here

Budget Direct Sponsorship

Budget Direct offers quarterly sponsorship opportunities for organisations which provide community services, such as Scouting. Grants of up to $5,000 are available. Applications close 31 May 2020.

For more information and to apply click here

Delta Electricity

Delta Electricity provides grants for community groups located in the Central Coast and Lake Macquarie Councils. Grants are ongoing.

For more information and to apply click here


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