The Big Idea

The County has received a number of generous donations that we want to use to make a difference to Scouting in Birmingham.

Thank you to all the Groups that have submitted applications – to date we have awarded around £22,800 in funding across a wide range of projects.

The Big Idea will focus support on projects that have a sustainable and ongoing benefit to the young people of Birmingham County Scouts. This will allow the donations to have the maximum impact on the overall Scouting experience we are all able to offer.

If you have any opportunities that would benefit from funding then this is just for you. We are inviting Leaders and Young People to identify opportunities to use the funding to make a difference across the County, Districts, Groups and Sections. Please only submit one application per Group for each closing date. If a grant is awarded you have six months to claim your grant and complete and return the end of grant form which will be sent to you when you hear you have been successful. Grants will be awarded between £100 and £1,500 so that our funds are maximised throughout the year. Grant applications will take at up to three months before the applicant is notified of the outcome of the grant award.

NB: If a Unit or Group have more than one years reserves in their bank account not ring fenced for designated projects you will be unable to apply for a Big Idea grant based on the charity commission rules and TSA guidelines where funds over and above one years fixed reserves should be used for the aims of the TSA and the benefit of the young people and not sitting in bank accounts.

Grants will not be paid towards any costs related to TSA rebranding. There will be separate funding available for this.

Your District Commissioner must be aware of your application before you submit it to the project team.


We are currently not accepting any Big Idea applications before face-to-face Scouting resumes. As soon as we can we will announce when the next round of funding will commence and the closing date for applications.

Complete the on-line form to apply before the next closing date

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The Big Idea Grant Application

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Personal Details
Personal details of the person completing the application
Nameyour full name
Telephone Numberyour telephone number
Scouting roleYour Scouting role
Addressyour full address
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Details For Cheque Payee
If successful who would the cheque be paid to and posted to?
Cheque Payee Namecheque payee full name
Telephone Numbercheque payee telephone number
Addresscheque payee full address
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Scouting roleCheque Payee Scouting role
Organisation cheque made payable to:please note cheques will not be issued to individuals
Your Project
What is your project title?
What project or activities do you want to fund?
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When will the spend start and finish?
What is the total project cost?including money from other sources
Please list a cost breakdown of your project, in priority orderplease list project items followed by a cost
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How much funding are you looking for from The Big Idea?£100 to £5,000
Where are any additional funds coming from?are these already secured, if not when do you expect a decision from other sources or when you will have the money raised
0 / 700
Why is your project needed?what problems or issues will it address
0 / 1600
Who and how many will benefit from this? What is the output?e.g. what numbers, what sections, which Group or District
0 / 700
What is the benefit to those benefiting from the project? What are the outcomes and what changes or differences will it make? Consider that these applications may be read by somebody with no knowledge of Scouting.
0 / 2800
Successful applicants would need to provide evidence that the funding was spent in accordance with the application (receipts, photos, etc). Can you confirm your acceptance of this?
If funding is granted the County would like to publicise the project as a successful funding application? Can you please confirm your acceptance of this, please state reasoning if not.
Reasoning if No
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We have an appropriate functioning (Scout) Executive Committee
Our Scout Group/Unit/District is Co-educational:
We have a bank/building society account for Grant payment
Is your District Commissioner aware and supportive of this application?
Are you claiming Gift Aid?
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