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Scouting Alumni & Friends to offer grants for council alumni committees

For those Scout volunteers looking to identify, recruit and re-engage Scouting alumni, $500 or $2,000 could go a long way.

Through its grant programs, Scouting Alumni & Friends is offering free money to help councils boost their engagement with alumni. This means councils can strengthen this vital segment of the community without cutting into other parts of their budget.

(Scouting Alumni & Friends, blog readers might recall, is the new name of the Scouting Alumni Association. It’s a reminder that the group is open to anyone who wants to help further Scouting’s mission — even those who were never in Scouting as young people.)

There are two types of grants, and applying is easy.

The deadline for submitting an application to receive a 2019 grant is Oct. 31, 2018. Recipients will be announced in November 2018, and grants will be distributed in December 2018.

Two types of grants

Recruitment grants

Innovation grants

How the grants might be used

Here are some examples of how a council alumni committee might use a grant. Of course, this is an incomplete list.

How to apply

Applications for Recruitment and Innovation grants are now online. The application asks easy-to-answer questions and outlines a straightforward follow-up process that includes submitting photographs, testimonials and member statistics. Successful grantees will share their results and the lessons they learned with other councils and alumni committees.

Dates to know

The Recruitment and Innovation grant cycles will run concurrently.

Where to ask questions and learn more

Questions should be directed to:

Visit Scouting Alumni & Friends at ScoutingAlumni.org to learn more, and be sure to like their Facebook page for more great info.