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:
Some general tips to improve your chances of securing funding:
- Read the Scouts NSW Grants Policy.
- 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 [email protected].