We will be accepting grants for Census costs throughout the months of January and February 2024


The Leslie Sell Charitable Trust was set up in May 1969 by the late Leslie Sell to provide financial assistance to the Scouting and Guiding movement.

This independent Trust Fund makes small grants to Groups to help with the cost of making repairs, purchasing sundry items of equipment, or trips in the UK or overseas.

Unfortunately the Trustees are unable to consider applications for trips submitted within four months of your proposed departure or event date due to processing times.

Paying Grants

If your application is successful, please note the following:

The Trust will only make payments to the Group you are attached to, or representing and NOT to individuals.  Please ensure the Group name you supply is the same as the account name recognised by the Bank.

The Trust is starting to make payments by BACS transfer and where possible will endeavour to do so. Otherwise, payment will be made by cheque.

The application form asks for the Group’s bank details to be supplied on the Group’s official headed notepaper and signed by 2 of following: Group Treasurer, Group Chair, Group Leader.


Grant applications are received from groups belonging to the Scout or Guide movement by way of letter on official notepaper, together with our Application Form completed by the Group Leader.

We like to receive details of the project which requires funding, for example small–scale building works, repairs, or alterations, replacement of camping or other equipment, replacement of minibuses, together with details of the costs involved, and sight of any quotation you may have.

For group trips, we need details of the destination, the number and names, First and Surname, of the young people and leaders taking part and any planned activities, together with the costs involved and dates of travel.

Where there are a number of individuals from any one group going on the same trip, we ask that the Group Leader submit a Group Application Form on behalf of the participants.

We also like to hear about the activities being undertaken to raise funds, together with a note of the amount of money already raised.

Applications are usually treated sympathetically provided they are connected to the Scout or Guide movement. Unfortunately the Trustees are unable to consider applications for trips submitted within four months of your departure or event date due to processing times.

Please note we no longer accept individual applications, unless only one person from a group is attending the trip.

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Peter Sell Award

The Trust set up a new award in 2011 in memory of one of the trustees, Peter Sell.  You can find out more on the Peter Sell Award page.