Taking part in an activity abroad is an incredible opportunity; no one should be excluded from an international experience or the adventure that comes with them because of the cost of the trip.  With a strong fundraising plan everyone can have an easier time in starting their next international adventure. It is vital that a realistic budget is set out, and it is good practice to have a contingency fund available in case things don’t quite work out to plan.

How to start fundraising for an International Project     
Ensure that you fundraise only within your own Group, District or County/Region. District and County/Regional Commissioners must be kept fully informed of any fundraising taking place and of approaches to local companies, individuals or organisations. Approaches to national companies or organisations should only be made with the help Fundraising Staff at Gilwell Park.      

It is important when raising money or obtaining gifts in kind that we do not upset existing arrangements for the support of local Scouting, and therefore close liaison should be maintained with your District and/or County/Regional Commissioner.           

Where to look           
A number of specialist trusts and charities have grants available for specific types of international projects. It is important to spread the net of your fundraising efforts as widely as possible!

  • Your Scout District or County may administer a fund of their own from which money may be available.
  • The HQ International Fund, a grant-giving fund to enable adults and young people in hardship to travel abroad and access activities to support the global programme within Scouting. The International Fund is made up of donations and bequests from our corporate partners and other sources of funding. Both adults and young people are eligible for this fund. The International Team promote adventurous, innovative, high-quality visits abroad. The International Fund ensures that cost is not a barrier to young people and leaders in accessing these transformational projects.

Some Local Education Authorities are able to help, and local trusts such as Rotary and Lions Clubs can also be approached.  Often such funding leads to requests for a presentation after the event, which can be excellent for public relations.

  • Local Chambers of Commerce should provide lists of local firms and companies which may be prepared to give support for an individual participant or provide sponsorship for a particular item of equipment.
  • Larger companies may even sponsor the children of employees. 
  • There are other International funding opportunities, such as Erasmus, who can work in partnership with, and connect, other National Scout Associations to our own.
  • The Milly Apthorp Fund is available to both Scouts and Guides to support a range of international experiences; these can be National Jamborees overseas, Community Development Projects or international camps. There are grants available each year to Scouts to experience the opportunities that International trips have to offer. The Milly Apthorp fund awards grants of up to 50% of the cost of the trip (capped at £200).

When you have funding

When support has been provided for an international adventure, the funder should always be thanked straight away. Remember that it is best to give them a short report and to thank them once more once the trip is over.