Reach Out Grant Fund
The Reach Out Grant Fund provides grants to empower your unit, for guiding in the community, to provide new opportunities for young members of Girlguiding Anglia and/or to enhance existing members’guiding journeys.
What does the funding cover?
- Assisting young members wishing to attend large-scale events.
- Allowing young members to undertake more adventurous activities.
- Contributing towards the purchase of equipment enhancing guiding activities.
How much funding is available?
A maximum of £250 can be awarded to benefit a young member or up to £500 to benefit a unit where one application form has been completed and submitted by at least three young members on behalf of the unit.
Who can apply?
This grant should be applied for by young members aged 5-25, rather than adult Leaders. Individual or unit applications will be considered from young members of all sections.
Our members tell us about their projects that have benefitted from grants:
Barbara is a Leader in Training from Buckinghamshire who’s unit applied to the Reach Out Fund for new tents to go the Essex International Jamboree in Summer 2016.
How did you find out about the grant?
The Guide Leader for our unit had researched various grants and loans available.
Tell us about how the money supported your project
We had organised to take eight Guides to the Essex International Jamboree. At a camp in May 2016, it became clear that our old tents were no longer fit for purpose - too small and no longer reliable. We had fundraised to hire a minibus ourselves but as a small unit had not raised enough for new tents.
How did you find the application process?
I found the application process straight forward and I rang the Region Office and was given helpful information. Talking to the girls was valuable, turning their discussions into an application letter wasn’t easy, but worth the effort, as I learned about the girls needs.
Did you apply for grants from other sources? If so, where?
We applied for grants towards the camp fees for two of our girls whose parents were keen for the girls to go to the camp, but could not afford the fees.
What fundraising did you take part in to support the project?
We held two cake stalls at Church parades.
Could you give us some examples of how your project has benefited or may benefit others in the future:
It will definitely benefit any Guides who camp with us in the next few years, as the tents were a resounding success! The grant for the tents allowed us to use the money we raised to hire a minibus for the party to travel to Essex together. A girl with special needs gained amazingly in confidence from the attending the Jamboree.