County Commissioner’s Fund


Support for Those in Hardship

As part of our approach to equal opportunities, Durham Scout County has established and administers a grant awarding process to allow qualifying members of the Scout County to take advantage of funding which “represents funds made available to the County Commissioner to use at his discretion in aiding needs in scouting”. This fund is known as the County Commissioner’s Fund and is a restricted fund (funds so restricted may only be used for this purpose).

Further details are available in the "County Commissioner's Fund" Hardship Policy (copy below) and applications are made on-line using the form below. In summary:

  • Up to 50% funding is available, for camps, events, uniform or other activities, subject to a maximum of £250.00 per person per year
  • Funding support is available to those in genuine hardship (e.g. qualifying for free school meals, with multiple siblings in scouting, or experiencing exceptional short term hardship)

Please read the full policy before making an application and also ensure that you have applied to the Scout Association's Benevolent Fund (up to 50% of costs and a maximum of £2,000 available) and also any local Group, Unit or District Funding or local authority funding at the time of application. Note that you will also need the following information to make an application:

  • Your Scout Association membership number
  • Your section, group or district bank account details
  • Contact details for your Treasurer

County Commissioners Fund Hardship Policy (v1 00 December 2017)

(Before making applications for uniform costs, why don't you think about donating and reusing previously worn uniforms in your group or district?)