Finance Support

Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a tax relief set up by the Government to enable charities to claim back 25p for every eligible £1 donation that is made to your charity.

Every Group, District and County/Area/Scottish Region and The Scouts HQ itself is a charity and so they’re able to claim 25% on eligible donations made to them by UK taxpayers. This includes any subscription fees you receive from parents or carers.

You can find out more information on how to register and claim Gift Aid on the HQ website.


There are a number of grant opportunities for Groups, Sections and individuals to help fund activities, open new sections and more.

Essex Scouts have a number of grants available and information can be found on their website.

Headquarters also offer a range of grants which can be found on the HQ website.

The District has a Benevolence Fund that exists to support the costs of any Scouting activity that takes place within the UK. Full information on the fund including eligibility can be found in the fund policy.