Can We Fund Your Bright Idea?

Durham Scout County has funds available to support the development of local Scouting and we want to hear your Bright Ideas. This is supported by generous donations from the Sir John Priestman Charity Trust and the W A Handley Charity Trust, interest free loans provided by the William Leech Charity and other kind donors. We can also help you to access external funding through the work of the county fundraiser.

If you meet the Bright Idea criteria and we have money in the Bright Idea 'Big Pot', we'll help you to develop local Scouting. Read the guidance documents to see what we can offer.

What Counts as a Bright Idea?

Your Bright Idea should aim to increase the number of young people Scouting in your area, and the quality of their Scouting. It could be for a development loan or grant to open a new section or Group, for improvements to local Scouting infrastructure or facilities, for training support - or it might be for a Bright Idea that we've never considered before.

At the heart of your Bright Idea should be something that makes Scouting more sustainable and which builds capacity in the medium to long term.

Bright Idea Guidance (v1 00 May 2017)

How Do We Apply for a Bright Idea Grant/Loan?

To make things simple, we now have just one form to fill in, which you can use to apply for support with external fundraising and/or support from county funds. Please email for further information.