The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), thanks to significant contribution by the World Scout Foundation (WSF) and funding secured through an innovative partnership with the World Health Organization to implement the Global Youth Mobilization project, has established a special “Re-energising Scouting Fund” that will offer $1.2 million in direct support to activities that promote membership recovery, retention and growth among National Scout Organizations (NSOs) impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recovery of membership lost during the pandemic:
- Projects and activities that re-engage young people who stopped participating in Scouting due to the pandemic.
- Projects that strengthen the capacity of NSOs in the area of membership recovery, retention and growth.
- Projects, trainings and activities that attract and engage new adult volunteers.
- Post-pandemic opportunities for Scouting to attract new members and provide community service:
- Projects that establish new Scout groups by reaching out to new communities and markets.
- Recruitment campaigns that attract new members and position Scouting as the go-to educational opportunity for young people.
Please note the Re-energising Scouting Fund will not support organisational capacity building activities, governance work, or the development of educational curriculum or training frameworks. These kinds of activities can continue to be considered for funding through the Messengers of Peace Fund. Administrative costs for the proposed project should not exceed 20% of the overall budget.
To apply NSOs must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Be a Member in good standing with WOSM
- Have a strong understanding of their membership situation
- Have submitted updated census information on WOSM’s Members Portal
Guiding principles for project applications
The following guiding principles should be taken into consideration when submitting applications for funding:
- Relevance: Projects should reflect the changing realities of NSOs which have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and contribute to solving a relevant problem or need within the NSO. This may include activities that directly contribute to the recovery of membership or reaching out to new members.
- Collaboration: Projects should look to leverage partnerships with local and national stakeholders to promote membership recovery, retention and growth.
- Sustainability: Projects should be sustainable after implementation leading to a long-term retention and growth of members and adult volunteers.
- Evidence-based: Projects should be based on evidence and align with local and national public health measures put in place to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Impact: Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate a plan of action to effectively promote membership recovery, retention or growth linked to a realistic investment budget up to a maximum of $10 per member. This may be linked with the existing implementation of NSO growth strategies and plans.
How to apply
NSOs across all Regions are eligible to apply for the Re-energising Scouting Fund by contacting their Regional Support Centre. The application, approval, monitoring, evaluation and reporting process will be identical to applications for the Messengers of Peace Fund but will be based specifically on the above selection and eligibility criteria.
Projects will be mentored and supported by WOSM Services Consultants to ensure that the projects are scalable, and that success can be replicated by other NSOs across the Scout Movement.