Due to the Covid-19 restrictions which have led to the postponement and cancellation of a large number of events and trips planned for 2020 and 2021, the Trustees have made the decision to allow any grants allocated over the last half of 2019 and the whole of 2020 to be repurposed by the Groups or Counties for their benefit.

Please see the additional temporary grant categories being offered by the Trust under the Group section.

ABOUT THE TRUST

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, or purchasing sundry items of equipment.  It also gives assistance to groups and individuals when they make trips in the UK or overseas.

Unfortunately the Trustees are unable to consider applications for trips submitted within three 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 make cheques payable only 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 Group name given must match the name of the account that your Bank will recognise, otherwise your Bank will not accept our cheque payment. The Trust is NOT able to make payments by BACS transfer.

GROUPS

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

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 three months of your departure or event date due to processing times.

Download group application form

Additional temporary grant categories

Due to the current pandemic and the disruption this has caused to normal Scouting and Guiding activities the Trust is introducing two additional grants.  One will be for IT support (e.g. towards a zoom membership for one year or the purchasing of firesticks or similar) to assist with delivering a blended Scout or Guide programme.

The grant amount for this category would be £100.

The second grant would be to help with the Census/Insurance costs for 2021 due to falling subscription payments and lack of other fundraising opportunities in 2020.

The amount of this grant would be 75% of the Group annual charge up to a maximum of £750.

These new grants will be reviewed in May 2021.

 

INDIVIDUALS

The Leslie Sell Charitable Trust gives small donations to individual scouts or guides to help finance the cost of going on trips.

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.

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

Download individual application form

Peter Sell Annual Award

The Trust set up a new award in 2011 in memory of one of the trustees, Peter Sell. This new award is intended to help Scout and Guide groups to widen engagement and involvement in the movement. You can find out more on the Peter Sell Annual Award page.