Unit recovery grants in Scotland, Wales and Ulster

Support for units in Wales, Scotland and Ulster

In December 2021, Girlguiding units in Cymru, Scotland and Ulster that have been affected by Covid-19 will be able to apply for a unit recovery grant of £200 to help them continue supporting girls.

The grants have been made possible thanks to funds raised by our amazing members as part of the Act your Age challenge, in partnership with BBC Children in Need.  

Who is the grant for?  

The grant is for units that have been particularly affected by Covid-19 and need the grant to keep going in the longer term. If that describes your unit, please ask your commissioner to nominate you.   

Contacts for commissioners wanting to nominate units: 

Cymru: [email protected] 

Scotland: [email protected] 

Ulster: [email protected] 

How to apply

Can any unit volunteer fill in the application?  

Yes, the form can be filled in by any unit volunteer or even by a commissioner.  

What documentation do I need to apply?  

You'll need to send us full account details for the Girlguiding account you want the grant to be paid into. We will need a photograph or screenshot of the most recent bank statement or building society book to complete the application. The document must show the account’s:  

  • Name  
  • Account Number  
  • Sort code  

If you have a building society account, we need to see the account’s long reference number. 

Save your document with your level number as the name. 

Find examples of what we're looking for in this PDF. 

What is the deadline to apply?  

The application form will close when we have received the limit of applications we can award. The form will open in December 2021 and may close as early as mid-January 2022 so do apply as soon as possible. Check back on this webpage for updates.   

Grant schedule:  

Mid-October 2021: Country managers will collect nominations from commissioners.

December 2021: Units that have been invited can apply for the grant.  

January and February 2022: Grants will be paid to units

What can I spend the grant on? 

The purpose of the grants is to help keep Girlguiding units open. You can spend the £200 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 meeting place.  
  • Volunteer recruitment or retention.  
  • Young member recruitment or retention, such as posters.  
  • Other purchases that will help your unit to stay open.  

When do I have to spend the grant by?  

Please spend it as soon as you can. Everything that isn’t subs must all be spent by the end of February 2022. If you are putting some towards your subs payment and that is delayed, just tell us the amount you will spend on subs when you get the post-grant monitoring survey. You will need to spend every bit of the grant, even if that means buying a few stamps to use it all up. 

Should I tell you how I spent the grant?  

We will email you a few weeks after the grant payment to ask how you spent the grant. It is ok if you spent it differently from what you said in the application form as long as the items are on the list of eligible items. Please keep your receipts in case we need to see these for audit purposes.   

Can I send you my lovely case study of how I used the grant?  

Yes please do! We will need these as soon as you can and no later than the first week of March 2022 please. Send them to [email protected].

Other questions

I haven’t received an email from you that I was expecting  

Check your spam folder. You should also add these addresses to your safe senders list: [email protected] and [email protected]

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. 

What if I have 'X' amount in my account? 

We understand that some units will have money in their account that is already committed to something else and we won’t penalise you for this. Please explain the circumstances when you send us your bank details. 

Can I involve the girls in deciding how to spend the grant? 

Please do! There are some activities here that might be useful for that in this PDF. 

What other Girlguiding grants can I apply for?   

The other grants can be found on our website 

How can I contact you?  

Contact the Grant team at [email protected] putting ‘CMC’ in the subject line.