Funding opportunities during coronavirus

If your local guiding needs support because of the Covid-19 pandemic, take a look at these funding opportunities

There is funding available if your local guiding needs support during the pandemic

There are many funding pots that have opened to help charities respond to the impact of Covid-19. Some of these funds could help support local guiding.

Follow the links below to learn more, including funding criteria:

These sites contain lists of funds that you might also be eligible for:

If you need any support applying for grants please contact the trusts team on [email protected] or check out our advice on applying to trusts and foundations

Gift Aid

Money donated to charities – including Girlguiding subscriptions – is eligible for tax relief. That means you can increase your unit funds by claiming Gift Aid at no extra cost to parents or supporters.

You’ll need to register for Gift Aid before you can start claiming, but you can start collecting Gift Aid declarations at any time.

Gift Aid claims can also be backdated by four years - so you could raise more for your unit by asking parents of existing members to backdate a declaration to their daughter’s start date, or by four years.

Check out our Gift Aid advice and guidance to get started.

Restart Grants

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses in reopening safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Grants will be available from 1 April 2021 but you can submit applications in advance.

Eligible businesses in the non-essential retail sector (including charity shops) may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £6,000 from their local council. Eligible businesses in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £18,000 from their local council. For charities this includes scout huts, village halls, botanical gardens, attractions, zoos, concert halls, museums and galleries.

Full details including links to new guidance can be found here. Subsidy allowance restrictions apply, but are significantly reduced as a result of the recent charity sector campaign. These grants apply to England only.

Covid-19 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

The UK Government has provided a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grant which your local guiding unit may qualify for if your unit is registered for business rates.

You can still apply for the grant if your unit has received charitable rate relief or discretionary relief.

A local guiding unit/district may be eligible if:

  • the unit has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or under - you may be eligible for a grant of £10,000.
  • the unit has a property that has a rateable value of over £15,000 but less than £51,000 - you may be eligible for a grant of £25,000.

And the unit :

  • is based in England;
  • is in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector; and
  • has a property that is wholly or mainly used as hospitality, retail, or leisure venue.

Please  contact your local Council or Authority if you think you are eligible for a grant but have not yet received it.

Check if your retail, hospitality or leisure business is eligible for business rates relief due to coronavirus

Business rates - expanded retail discount coronavirus response guidance (PDF)