The Covid-9 Embark Grant is available one per Scout Group/Activity Team/Explorer Unit meeting independently/Scout Network meeting independently/Campsite, to assist purchasing essential supplies to help to return to face to face Scouting in the context of Covid-19. If further assistance is required, you may qualify for further funding through the Reach Scheme – SEE BELOW

Covid-9 Embark Grants will take up to two weeks to process. The initial Covid-9 Embark Grants are available 15th July – 30th September 2020. This period maybe be extended after this date.”

This application form has been specifically create for an Embark Covid-19 Grant of up to £250.00 see attached. In accordance with the Reach Embark Grant, where applications are submitted for £250 or less, Group Accounts do not have to be submitted, however your application should be supported by a District or the County Commissioner.”

An example for the grant could be “The purpose of the grant will be to help us obtain the essential equipment listed to help returning to face to face in our Scout Group/Network/Team/Campsite”.

Leicestershire County Scout Council is pleased to make funds available for projects which develop the delivery of scouting within the County.

We do this through our ‘Reach’ programme. Reach is designed to enable you to stretch forth, succeed, communicate with others, arrive at a goal or destination, or to extend. We want the benefits of scouting to Reach across the whole County.
What’s available

  • Reach is a programme of grants
  • Grants are available in six categories
    • Strive – over £25,000 per grant
    • Challenge – between £5,000 and £25,000
    • Thrive – between £1,000 and £5,000
    • Extend – between £250 and £1,000
    • Boost – between £100 and £250
    • Embark – start-up grants of a maximum of £250
  • Exceptionally, loans may be considered (e.g. where there are timing differences with receipt of other grants)
  • Factsheet on other funding sources   Funding Sources

How to apply

  1. Review the six grant categories and decide which grant you want to apply for
  2. Make sure your project meets the Reach programme criteria
  3. Complete the application form REACH APPLICATION FORM, and get the support of your County or District Commissioner if required
  4. Submit the form to

There are no deadlines for applications. Applications are reviewed monthly.

Who can apply

Any Scouting entity within the County may apply for funding: Districts, Activity Centres, Activity teams, individual groups.

How decisions are made

Applications will be considered by County Finance Committee[1] who will ensure that the project is well thought through and that all of the required information has been provided. The final decision is made by the County Executive which is legally responsible for the County’s resources.

We will acknowledge receipt of applications and advise you of the outcome as quickly as possible. Successful programmes will be announced to the County so everyone knows how the money is being invested.

How grants are awarded

Funds are available in six categories – depending on the amount involved.

We want to ensure applying for a grant is as simple as possible, so there is just one form to complete – whatever the type and size of grant you are applying for.

But we also want to ensure the best projects are supported, and our funds well used – so we have certain criteria that applications must meet.

What’s expected from successful grant recipients

We ask just three things of recipients of Reach grants:

  1. Tell us how you are doing – we’ll agree with you when you are awarded the grant when we want you to do this and how often.
  2. Tell others how you are doing – share the story of your project and achievements with others in Scouting in Leicestershire.
  3. Make the most of your Reach grant – we want your grant to enable scouting to move forwards, and enable more young people within the County to have access to more and better Scouting, both today and in the future.

The Reach programme criteria

Projects applying for Reach grants must fulfil the objectives of the scheme:

  • Projects should have a lasting impact– the larger the grant, the longer the impact and benefit should be. A small grant may have an impact on the experiences of a few but create memories that last a lifetime; a large grant should have an identifiable impact beyond a single event or year.
  • Projects should be sustainable – once established they should be able to achieve their aims without the input of further financial resources from the Reach programme.
  • Projects should develop scouting beyond what is currently available –  to increase availability, breadth and depth.
  • Projects should not substitute what might reasonably be achieved in other ways – they should take scouting beyond what is currently envisaged, planned or already undertaken.
  • Projects should help Leicestershire scouting reach further – reaching new members, reaching new heights, reaching new goals.

The six grant categories


  • Grant value – over £25,000
  • Strive grants are for projects with the biggest ambitions and which are aspiring to make a difference for many years to come. Due to the size of these projects, they are likely to be more complex. So, your application must be supported by your District Commissioner or County Commissioner, should include detail about the project – plans, costings, how the resulting resource will be managed, etc. We may ask to meet with you, so that we can discuss the details of your project and get to know it better.
  • A Strive grant:
    • must be for a project which can benefit a broad cross-section of young people – rather than a few
    • must have District support
    • usually 50% of a project’s total costs


  • Grant value – between £5,000 and £25,000
  • Challenge grants are for projects which are enabling our young people to grow and learn, extending the depth and breadth of their skills, experiences and adventures.
  • A Challenge grant:
    • must be for a project which can benefit a broad cross-section of young people – rather than a few
    • must have District support
    • usually 50% of a project’s total costs


  • Grant value – between £1,000 and £5,000
  • Thrive grants are for projects which are enabling scouting to grow and develop. These projects are about creating an impact and developing the provision of scouting.
  • A Thrive grant:
    • must be for a project which can benefit a broad cross-section of young people – rather than a few
    • must have District support
    • usually 50% of a project’s total costs


  • Grant value – between £250 and £1,000
  • Extend grants are for projects which expand the opportunities available through a scouting programme and broadening the range of what you can offer
  • An Extend grant:
    • must have District support
    • usually 50% of a project’s total costs


  • Grant value – between £100 and £250
  • Boost grants are designed to give you just that – a bit of a boost! They are for those small, everyday things that just make scouting great, for simple projects that can make a difference to our scouting, and for simple events to achieve an aim.
  • A Boost grant:
    • must have District support
    • usually 50% of a project’s total costs


  • Grant value – up to £250
  • Embark grants are start-up grants for Groups and Sections beginning on their scouting adventure. Embark grants are for those items which help you get going and make scouting a great experience from the outset.
  • An Embark grant:
    • can be for a maximum of 100% of a project’s total costs
    • must be accompanied by District support for the set-up of the Group or Section

 Some additional hints and tips

About your project

  • Projects will tend to be capital in nature although longer term revenue projects may be appropriate.
  • Due to their aspirational nature, projects may require different sorts of resources than have traditionally been provided; don’t worry if that’s the case – that’s what we expect the Reach programme to support!
  • Successful applications will probably include a combination of local fundraising and other grants, as well as money from the Reach programme.
  • Applications will only be awarded from one category at a time (e.g. if you are awarded an Embark grant, you won’t be awarded a Boost grant at the same time), but this does not prohibit you from applying for further grants from other categories and for other projects in the future.
  • The maximum contribution per category should not be assumed, especially for larger projects. An appropriate funding pyramid should be considered and every effort must be made to access funding outside of scouting. The following provides detail of external sources of funding.

Help is at hand

If you need help or advice in completing your application, please contact The application process is intended to help you think through your project and not to be a bureaucratic hurdle to getting things done. Please ask if you have any queries.

 Don’t worry

If your project is not successful it does not mean it is a bad project. It just means against the criteria and the alternative options available, it was not considered the best use of the funds available. We will try and provide as much feedback as we can.

How we fund the Reach programme

The Reach programme is funded through the surplus monies received following the relocation of the County Centre, and from income generated from other County activities, and has been in operation since August 2013.  The amount of funds available is set out in the Annual Report each year.

How the fund has been used so far

  • Two new sailing boats for the Sailing Team: benefits over 1,000 young people in the County. The new boats will facilitate training to higher levels and subsequently instructors to maintain succession planning with the team. £3,620 awarded.
  • Willesley Campsite applied for a grant to assist with the upgrading of the site sewage system to meet external regulatory requirements which threatened closure of the site. £20,000 awarded.
  • Paddle boards for the Paddle Sports team making the facility available to the county. £7,800 awarded.
  • Equipment purchased to establish a district shooting activity resource. £1,027 awarded.
  • Project to support Community Week. £100 awarded.
  • £200 granted to purchase name tapes, uniforms and flag for a new Beaver Group.
  • Internal climbing wall for a District was awarded £1,200.

 What Reach is not for

  • Leader Training Activity – there is a County Budget for Training. Contact the County Training Manager.
  • General building maintenance. Groups should contact District for support in the first instance, and then County if financial assistance is still required.  A short business case will be required setting out steps taken locally and at District level to fund.  Districts must be able to demonstrate why any reserves cannot be released to assist in the first instance.  Consider applying to the JC Brooks Trust Fund.
  • International Trips – Contact the Assistant County Commissioner (International) Leicestershire in the first instance. Applications may be made for assistance from the Rudkin Trust.
[1] Members of Finance Committee:  Adrian Wran, Jon Bozzy, Jonathan Bloor, Richard Coppock, Emma Wardle, Jonathan Griffin, Carol Black, David Wray, Dave Chimley