Grants Board

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County Grants Board

The County Grants Board provides access to funds and legacies that support Scouting in Essex. This can allow you to apply for a grant for individual financial support, building projects, major equipment, setting up new sections, County Activity Teams, training of County Activity Assessors, special needs projects and air activities.

The County Support Fund has been established to provide financial assistance to those Districts, Groups, Units and Individuals (both young people and adult volunteers) where support is required as a result of the increasing cost of living pressures.

All of these grants are administered through the County Grants Board. The grants are accessible by completing the appropriate application form and sending it to the Grants Secretary in time for one of the three board meetings held during the year (see the County Calendar for dates). The only exception to this is are applications for starting a new Section, which are fast tracked.

The only grant that currently has a fixed value is the Start-Up Grant. All other grants are decided by the Board, up to a limit set by the County Executive.

Most grant applications require Groups/Districts to be signed up to Gift Aid.

Please Note: Most of the forms are editable versions and you will see grey boxes on them where you enter you information, you should download the form to you computer and edit them in suitable word processing software because the editing feature doesn’t work if you view the in your web browser.

For more information please read the County Grants Overview document (linked below). For specific advice, contact the County Grants Board Secretary via


Support Fund Grant Information
Support Fund Grant Form
Start Up Grant Form
Special Needs Grant Form
Equipment Grant Form
County Active Support Team Grant Form
Building Grant Form
Air Activities Grant Form
Activity Assessors Training Grant Form
County Support Fund Grant Form
County Grants Overview
County Grant Document

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