Hardship Fund

West London District has implemented a scheme which is intended to support young people in hardship to participate in activities run by their Group and / or the District. This scheme seeks to promote equal opportunities in Scouting.

What can be funded:

The hardship scheme exists to provide support with the costs of participation in Scouting. If you, or your child, would like to make a request of the fund, contact your Group’s Group Scout Leader [or Explorer Scout Leader for Explorer Units] in the first instance.

There are also a range of other, specific grants available. GSLs should contact the District Commissioner for further details.

Who can apply?

Any member of West London Scout District with a particular financial need can apply; (financial need is defined as the difference between what it costs to attend and what the applicant can afford to pay). All applicants will be considered by the relevant Group Scout Leader or Explorer Scout Leader.  Below is a non-exhaustive list of cases which may lead to circumstances where support may be given, which are intended to help guide decision making as to whether a grant should be made.

  • Young Carers

  • Child/ Young Person in care

  • Recent death of Parent (within the last 12 months)

  • Convalescence after illness

  • In receipt of Free School Meals (except those in lower primary years)

  • Pupil premium funding

  • Physical/mental health issues (applicants own)

  • Recent redundancy (of applicant or next of kin, within the last 12 months)

  • In receipt of state pension

  • In receipt of benefits

  • Young person in part-time work (less time to fundraise)

  • Young person in need of additional support in the form of a carer whilst abroad

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls