Funding Opportunities

Numerous sources of funding are available and some examples are quoted here. Please note that Hereford & Worcester County Scouts also have support funds available - click here for further information.

The Scout Association Headquarters
The Scout Association has been fortunate to receive generous donations from many individuals and organisations to support our work. These donations fund a range of grants for local Groups/Units and individual members who need financial assistance with Scouting. Most grants are overseen by the Development Grants Board. For further information on the grants available, please click here.

Garfield Weston Foundation 
Garfield Weston is a family-founded, grant-making trust which has been supporting charities across the UK for over 50 years; from small community groups to large national institutions. The Foundation supports a broad range of organisations and activities that share a commitment to making a positive impact to the lives of the communities in which they work, and that are driven by a desire to achieve excellence. They make grants to youth organisations and are especially keen to see applications for core and project costs for charities delivering services directly to beneficiaries in the youth and community fields. To find out more go to their website or telephone on 020 7399 6565.

DM Thomas Foundation
DM Thomas Foundation for Young People was formerly known as the Hilton in the Community Foundation. It offers various grants and local funds. The Foundation provides funding for organisations which work to improve the lives of children and young people across Europe. The grants focus on providing equipment, training and support to young people, and are administered through several different models. These include the: Central grants - Registered charities in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland may apply for grants from DMTFYP’s Central grants fund. Deadlines for applications run on a quarterly basis and the fund distributes around £200, 000 per quarter. Local funds - DMTFYP operates donor-advised funds and there is no application process for these local funds. Business partners work with the Foundation to make these grants to local charities and schools that they have identified and nominated, using funds raised for the Foundation and held by the charity. Nominated causes must fall within their giving remits and relationships are maintained locally. Foundation Giveaways - Throughout the year DMTFYP holds regional giveaways in association with their supporters around the UK. This gives smaller charities a chance to apply for a grant and for them to reach a new audience. For more information go to or call 020 7605 7733 or email

Comic Relief
Comic Relief funds projects which encompass five core themes: Better Futures, Safer Lives, Healthier Finances, Fairer Society and Stronger Communities. UK Community Foundations is the managing agent for Comic Relief’s Stronger Communities theme grants to locally-based groups or organisations which have a clear understanding of local need. Comic Relief aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in some of the poorest and most disadvantaged communities in the UK. They do this by supporting organisations with the knowledge, ideas and ability to tackle complex problems in a way which is both effective and sustainable. Since 2011 UK Community Foundations have managed £27 million in grants for Comic Relief and given out almost 10,000 grants across the UK. The Community Foundation act as the managing agent for Comic Relief’s Stronger Communities theme - Local Communities (grants of £1,000 to £10,000) is currently open for applications. Visit Worcestershire Community Foundation’s website to find out when their deadline is (there are periods when the grant round temporarily closes).