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Grant Applications for International and Hardship Support (Not the Jamboree Fund) 

We offer the provision of grants for:

County International Support funds

The County International Support funds exists to support activities within the Scout and Explorer Scout Sections. These are: International Camps [excluding World Jamborees] outside the U.K. or equivalent or any other activity thought worthwhile by the Trustees for the benefit of Scouts or Explorer Scouts and for the benefit of their Troops and Units.

County Hardship fund

The County Hardship fund exists to support any youth or adult member facing financial difficulty in meeting the costs of an event, camp or trip. You can only apply individually to the County Hardship fund.


All applications must be made by the relevant Individual, Group or Explorer Unit. The grant can only be paid within the calendar year when the trip or camp will be undertaken. The grant may be applied for in the year before the event so that the leaders can confirm the contribution which the County will make, and they can then inform parents and plan their fund-raising events.

All applications must be accompanied by the most recent AGM approved accounts of either the Group or the District. All applications will be assessed on the basis of financial need. Where individuals apply, we may ask for proof of income and/or benefits received.

The grant is a maximum of £500 per young person and only one application may ever be made for a young person per event. There is no guarantee the maximum will be funded. Each Group or Explorer Unit can only make one application in any financial year. E.g. if an individual claim for hardship they cannot also be part of a group claim.

The maximum amount that can be awarded to a Group or Explorer Unit in any financial year is £2,500. There is no guarantee the maximum will be funded. If the trip or camp is to be a joint Scout and Explorer camp or trip, each section should apply separately to maximise the amount that can be applied for.  Remember Explorer Units are not members of Groups – they are members of the District.

The application will be approved by Scouts Hereford and Worcester Executive Committee. There is no appeal to this decision.

Although the amount of the grant may be based on the number of young people attending, it can be used at the leaders’ discretion. For example, if there are more than 20 young people on the trip, the grant can be shared amongst them for activities. This does not need to be reported to us as it would affect the future application for funds. Individuals applying for hardship must be counted individually.

Following the event it is a requirement that a report regarding the event is submitted to the County Office. This should identify what the event achieved. Failure to submit a report will result in no further grant applications being approved.

Download application form here:

Scouts Hereford and Worcester Grants Form

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