One of Us - Bedfordshire Guiding


Sustainability Grant

We have already provided support to every unit from county by reducing the county levy by £5.50 for this year.

In addition to this I am pleased to inform you that I have secured some funding to support our recovery plan as a result of COVID. Some of this fund is designated to support units with financial challenges as a result of COVID.


If any unit is struggling to return to guiding due to financial issues, then please consider requesting a sustainability grant. Units can apply for help with rent, resources or recruitment. please complete the attached form and send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  The finance committee will be meeting to review all applications.

As previously advised if you are facing other financial issues please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Bedfordshire Opportunities Grant

Grants are awarded to individual girls and adult members, providing opportunities for girls, to enable them to take part in a Guiding event or activity out of the meeting place which otherwise would have been prohibitive due to cost.

Applications should be made by the nominating unit leader on behalf of the individual and should be countersigned by the District Commissioner or the Division Commissioner if the leader making the application is the District Commissioner.

Applications can be made on behalf of an individual for one event in each calendar year.

Grants will be considered for up to 50% of the cost but no more that £200.

Following the event or activity, the recipient or nominating leader, if the recipient is unaware of the application being made on their behalf, will be required to provide a short report of the event or activity.

Applications cannot be made for events or activities that the County supports through other funding arrangements such as BP Adventure Weekends or members selected to attend International events.

The event or activity being attended should be at least two weeks following the Finance Committee meeting, except in exceptional circumstances.

The Finance Committee will meet during the February, May and October half term holidays to consider applications. To be considered for a grant, applications will need to be submitted to the Chair of the Finance Committee by the Monday of the week before the meeting either by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or post to the address on the form.

Click here to download an application form.



Bedfordshire International Grant

The Bedfordshire International grant is to help those members of Girlguiding Bedfordshire selected to take part in Guiding International trips outside of the UK.

Girls can apply for this grant a maximum of two times for different international trips. Leader can apply twice every five years and then reviewed for special circumstances, applications are for providing opportunities for the girls.

Those applying for this grant are not eligible to apply for any other Girlguiding Bedfordshire grant towards their trip.

Applications should be made to the County Commissioner.

Further details of International Opportunities can found on the website.


Members Training Grants

The County will fund the cost of attendance at a training to gain the experience or a nationally recognised qualification to enable the participant to provide opportunities for girls within the County.

The applicant will be required to provide at least 3 opportunities for girls within the County each year for the length of the qualification.

Please discuss your interest with either the County Outdoor Adviser or County Arts Adviser if you would like to undertake training or gain a qualification.


Growing Guiding Grant

The County has received some money to increase the number of Rainbow units following a challenge of the Chief Guide.

A grant of £40 per Rainbow unit opened from 1st January 2014 is available. Applications should be made by the Unit leader by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The grants will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The following information should be supplied:

  • Name of new unit
  • District and Division of the new unit
  • Date of opening
  • Address to send the cheque


Transport Grants

Grants can be obtained by Units, Districts or Divisions towards transport to Region or national arranged events that are more than 50 miles from the unit meeting place.  see attached guidance and application

Transport Grant Criteria and Guidance

Transport Grant application


Other Funding Requirements

These will be looked at on an individual basis by the County Finance Committee and referred to the County Executive as necessary. Please email the Finance Committee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any requirements.

From time to time the County received grants for a specific purpose. The availability and the application process of these grants will be notified to members through the monthly eNews and advertised here.

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