Family Support Fund

About the Family Support Fund

Scouts know it can be challenging for families to afford extracurricular activities for young people due to economic pressures. The Family Support Fund aims to assist current and prospective youth members to afford the cost of Scouting. Assistance is limited to those families, youth and young Leaders in genuine need of financial assistance.

Grants can be requested for any young person, aged 5 to 18 years, residing in NSW, and will assist with membership fees, uniform and activity costs for up to 12 months.

Grants are also available for Rover Scouts and trainee Youth Leaders who are not yet financially independent and in genuine need of financial assistance.

The Family Support Fund is run wholly for the benefit of successful applicants and 100 per cent of funds donated are distributed to families (apart from any corpus that might be established).

Donations to the fund through Scouts NSW of $2 and over are tax-deductible. If you would like to donate and help families in need enjoy the life changing benefits of Scouting, click here.

Donate to the Family Support Fund  

New applications are temporarily paused. 

Grant applicants are asked to provide contact details, information on your financial situation, assistance from your Group/District and Region, and your involvement within the nominated Scout Group. If you have any questions regarding an existing application, you can get help by emailing

Applications will be treated with the utmost confidentiality and only the Family Support Fund Management Committee and your Group Leader will have access to your information (Rover Scout Unit Leader if a Rover Scout). Applications will take approximately three to four weeks to process and you can choose to be advised either by email or post.

New applications are temporarily paused. 

Existing applications already submitted will be reviewed as per usual, and previously approved applications are unaffected. 

  • Funding is available for both current members and new members wishing to join Scouting

  • There is also an expectation that recipients attend regularly and participate in a Group-based fundraising activity, to make a small contribution towards annual costs

  • Successful applicants are also asked to share how the Family Support Fund has a made a positive impact on their lives. A simple explanation of 100 words shared twice a year (six months) is sufficient. This information will be shared with our Donors but identities of recipients will not be divulged

  • Grants run for 12 months. If you find you still need assistance at the conclusion of a grant period, you are welcome to reapply.

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