Leslie Sell Charitable Trust

Leslie Sell Charitable Trust

The Leslie Sell Charitable Trust provides financial assistance to the Scouting and Guiding movement through small grants to Groups in the UK to help with the cost of making repairs, or purchasing sundry items of equipment. It also assists groups and individuals for UK or overseas trips.

Applications can be made any time. However, the Trustees are unable to consider applications for trips submitted within three months of the departure date.

The Leslie Sell Charitable Trust was set up in May 1969 by the late Leslie Sell to provide financial assistance to the Scouting and Guiding movement. This independent Trust Fund accepts applications from Group and Individual members of the Scout or Guide movement within the UK and Northern Ireland for trips or projects which are being undertaken within the movement.

More information is available from The Leslie Sell Charitable Trust:

SHQ Grants

SHQ Grants

New Scouts Scotland Grants Programme

Scouts Scotland is really pleased to announce the new Scouts Scotland Grants Programme to support local Scouting in Scotland. Earlier this year the Scottish Board agreed an exciting series of projects funded by legacies, including a new grants programme for local Scouting. The new programme brings together all of the existing grants that they offer, along with a few new ones, making Scouts Scotland funding more accessible and easier to apply for.

Quick and easy applications

The new programmes range from support for Scouting in areas of deprivation to travel bursaries to access their Scout Adventures Centres across Scotland. They have also created a new application process, which is much more straightforward and quicker to complete – saving you time and making it easier for Scottish members to apply for financial support.

Putting the strategy into practice

Moray Macdonald, Chair of the Scottish Board said: “Our aim is to grow Scouting and make it more inclusive. The commitment of the Board to support this work at a local level means we can put the strategy into practice in every community across Scotland, making sure everyone has the opportunity to be part of Scouting and develop skills for life.”

SHQ can now provide funding for a range of projects, including:

  • support to help Groups with the cost of updating to the new Scout brand
  • travel fund to allow more young people to access Scout Adventures Centres in Scotland
  • support for young people with additional needs
  • new section start-up grants and support for innovative projects that will lead to growth
  • greater inclusion
  • volunteer development.

Click here for all the information you need to apply for a grant from SHQ.

Lyburn Fund

Lyburn Fund

Are you going abroad with your Scouts or Explorers?

If you are, you can apply for support from the Lyburn Fund.

See below two trips that recently benefited from the fund.

The Lyburn Fund exists to support certain activities within the Scout and Explorer Scout Sections. These are: International Camps (excluding World Jamborees) outside the UK or Outward Bound Courses or equivalent.

The grant is a maximum of £50 per young person and only one application may ever be made for a young person. A Group or District can only make one application in any financial year. The maximum amount that can be awarded to a Group or District in any financial year is £1,000. Because of these limits, some groups apply for 20 of the older members of the group and then – informally – share the £1,000 across all the members by paying for group activities.

The application will be approved by the Regional Commissioner and the Chair of the Regional Executive Committee.

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

Application forms are available from the Regional Office, 71 Bonaly Road, Edinburgh, EH13 0PB, either telephone 0131 441 1878 or e-mail info@sesscouts.org.uk or download the new application form.

Margery Naylor

Danish National Jamboree 2017

James Sievewright, leader of the trip for the 4th Braid, 103rd Braid and Greenbank Explorers, writes:

We would like to thank the William Lyburn fund for the grant we received.
Knowing we had received the grant gave us an important contingency fund against unexpected events, particularly uncertainty caused by the volatility of the exchange rate during the period before the trip.  In the end we were also able to also use the grant specifically to pay for extras which greatly enhanced to overall trip for the young people who took part.

See full report.

Buitzenzorg, Holland 2016

The 15th Edinburgh North East Troop went to Buitenzorg in July 2016 and had a great time. Michael Halcrow, Scout Leader, wrote:

I would like to thank Lyburn for the money. It was used specifically for the water theme park and the Amsterdam Arena trips and allowed us to greatly enhance our visit.

Abseil Falkirk Wheel and raise funds

Your chance to abseil off the Falkirk Wheelhave you got the nerve?

Are you brave enough to abseil down Scotland’s iconic Falkirk Wheel and raise money for Scouting?  If so, join Scouts Scotland on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April.  It’s a great way of fundraising for international trips or for day to day running costs for your group. There are 40 places available on the Saturday and 60 available on the Sunday.

For each participant there is a £30 registration to pay. You are then asked to confirm your commitment to raising a minimum of £150. Of this, minimum sponsorship of £50 goes to Scout Scotland and everything else goes towards either your individual international Scout trips or for your Groups / Districts.

With past experience of running such events, on average individuals raise between £200 and £450 each. So far there are 10 participants from 2 groups in North Angus taking part and they have opted to raise money for their summer trip to Ireland. If they hit their fundraising targets(taken from their individual fundraising pages) they look set to raise between £4,000 and £5,000 for their group.

If you are interested, the link to sign up can be found here or contact Ally Caulfield at Ally@scouts.scot.

Developing Scouting

The report on our very successful Development Project is now available on this website.  In addition, we provide a selection of materials to help those wishing to develop Scouting in the Region by recruiting more adults, creating new sections or improving the quality of what happens in their Group or District.  To see what is available, look at the Development Resources section of the website.