Unit recovery grants

Support for units in areas of need

In Autumn 2021, Girlguiding units in disadvantaged areas will be able to apply for a unit recovery grant of £250 to help them continue supporting girls during the coronavirus pandemic.

Please check this page for updates from August.

The grants have been made possible thanks to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Pears Foundation, as part of the DCMS Community Match Challenge, alongside additional funds raised by our amazing members during the Act your Age challenge in partnership with BBC Children in Need.

What can I spend the grant on?

The purpose of the grants is to help keep Girlguiding units open. You can spend the £250 on:

  • Annual subscriptions.
  • Equipment or materials to support face-to-face guiding (indoor or outdoor), such as Covid safety materials including sanitiser and masks.
  • Equipment or software to support virtual guiding, for example activity packs.
  • Materials or expenses related to at-home guiding.
  • Training.
  • Venue costs, such as hall rent. The grant can't be used to buy or improve a venue building.
  • Volunteer recruitment or retention.
  • Young member recruitment or retention, such as posters.
  • Other purchases that will help your unit to stay open.

How will the grant be paid?

We'll send the grant to your unit's bank account and you’ll receive an email letting you know it's been paid. If your unit doesn't currently have a bank account, or your bank account is not accessible, you may apply for the money to be paid into another Girlguiding bank account, such as another unit, your district, division or county. 

You'll need to include full bank account details and upload a photograph or scan of your most recent bank statement or building society book to complete the application. We cannot pay grants into personal bank accounts. 

When will the grant be paid?

The earlier you apply, the quicker we'll be able to process it. Our response times will depend on the volume of applications we're processing. So applying close to the deadline will likely result in a longer wait for money. You’ll receive an email to the address you provided in your application to let you know it has been paid. 

What if I don’t need the grant? 

Please help us to offer grants to units in most need by letting us know as soon as you can via the application form you received in your invitation email. 

How is the grant funded?

Unit recovery grants have been made possible thanks to a range of support.

The majority of funding has been granted through a match-funding partnership between Pears Foundation and DCMS, as part of Government's £750m charities support package. As a long-term partner of Pears Foundation, Girlguiding has been chosen to distribute these grants to units most in need. We also received additional funding from Pears Foundation to expand these grants to Scotland, Ulster and Wales.

The grants also include funding raised by our members during the Act Your Age challenge in partnership with BBC Children in Need in November 2020.

If you have questions we haven’t answered here, please contact [email protected]