Girlguiding Making a Difference Fund

Girlguiding Making a Difference Fund

For Young Members

This fund is NOT for group applications but for applying on behalf of individual ‘girls’. The Leader of a Unit or an Adult member of Girlguiding Midlands can apply to the fund on behalf of an individual (5 to 26 years old) who they feel would not be able to participate in or take a Leadership role for a future event without help and would therefore benefit from financial assistance. 

For Active Adult Members

This fund is NOT for group applications but is for a Commissioner to apply on behalf of an individual ‘Active’ Adult member. This fund is available when all other options in the County have been addressed.

Young Members - Full Criteria details

Young Members - Application Form

Adult Members - Full Criteria Details

Adult Members - Application Form

Easy Fundraising

Many units, Districts, Divisions and special guiding projects have benefited from signing on to Why not try this for your unit or project, ask friends and family to join in and help you. It’s so eas:

How it works helps charities, schools, Guides, community groups, and other good causes to raise money when their supporters shop online.

It works in a similar way to many other loyalty shopping sites, but instead of earning points when you shop, you raise a donation for your cause instead.

You can shop with over 2,000 well known stores and each willdonate up to 15% of what you spend. For example, John Lewis will donate 1%, Amazon 2.5%, The Body Shop 6%, some insurance retailers will even donate up to £30 simply for taking out a policy with them!

The great thing is it won't cost you anything, plus we've got lots ofvoucher codes and special discounts so you can actually save money while you help your good cause. There is no cost for the good cause either – our service is totally free.

How to generate donations

It's very simple - once you've registered with us, when you shop with one of our retailers, our system makes a note of your purchase, collects the donation from the retailer and passes it to your chosen good cause. That's it! No hassle for you, we do all the hard work while you shop as you normally would.

Support a Cause

  • Click on ‘Find a cause’ and select the cause you wish to support. 
  • Fill out the quick form to register your details. 
  • Find the retailer you want to shop with. 
  • Click to visit the retailer, then shop as you normally would. 
  • Your donation will be shown in your easyfundraising account within 30 days.

Register a cause: i.e. your Guide Unit

Fill out the cause registration form including contact details and where we can send the money you raise!

We'll need to do a few important checks at our end to make sure your cause is genuine (sorry but we have to ask!).

As soon as we're happy you can start raising funds through your own shopping plus we’ll give you all the tools you need to let your potential supporters know about us.

We send cheques out each quarter so once you've raised £15 or more, we'll send your first cheque! If you don't quite raise £15, it's rolled over to the next month. You can also choose to be paid via JustGiving, if you have an account with them. Extracted from:

Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a government scheme to encourage people to give to charity. Under the scheme, money given to charities -including Girlguiding subscriptions - is eligible for tax relief.

You can work out the amount of tax you can reclaim by dividing the amount donated through subscriptions by four. This means that for every £1 donated, you can claim an extra 25 pence so by applying for a Gift Aid number you can increase your unit funds.

To register your unit or to make a declaration, please click here to download the following documents:

  • Gift Aid Registration Form
  • Gift Aid Certificate
  • Gift Aid Information Pack
If at first the form seems complicated, contact one of your guiding colleagues in your District or Division for help. If you don’t claim this money then it will stay in the government’s bank account!

New Unit Grant

How to apply

The Starting a New Unit Grant provides funding of up to £500 to assist new units. This money can be used to purchase initial equipment and stationery, and to cover essential start-up costs within the first few weeks of operation. Whether your unit needs money to pay for a deposit for a venue for unit meetings, or need a new leader’s uniform, the Starting a New Unit Grant can help.

Grant Criteria

The Starting a New Unit Grant is available for all new units and any unit that has been inactive for more than a year and is being reopened. Before submitting your application please ensure that:

  • The new unit is registered on Go! as an active unit
  • Member details, including those who are waiting to join, are added under the new unit on Go!
  • You must apply for the grant within 90 days of your units formed date

Please ensure all details are up to date on Go! Units with incomplete details, or details that differ to what has been stated in the application form cannot be processed.

Please complete the application form using the grant guidelines and in consultation with your Commissioner.

If you have any questions about the grant, please contact Membership Support Services on 020 7834 6242 or email

Applications for the grant should be emailed or posted to the Girlguiding Midlands Office. 


Nights Away Challenge - £1 each plus delivery

Everytime you spend a night away with Girlguiding - whether in a tent, hostel or on even on a boat- make a note on our handy record card. Earn yourself a badge for reaching the 1,5,10,15,25,50,75, 100, 150, 175 and 200 nights milestones. The badges are for Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, members of The Senior Section members and adult volunteers. 

Download the badge order form

Download the record card

Download the FAQs

Four Seasons Camping Challenge - £1 each plus delivery

Camping is not just for the summer - earn a badge for each season you spend a night under canvas. The badges are for Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, members of The Senior Section members and adult volunteers. 

Download the badge order form

Download the record card

Download the FAQs

Region Standard Badge - £1.50 each plus delivery

A cloth badge of the Girlguiding Midlands Region Standard flag. 

Download the badge order form

Badge Mixes - £3 plus delivery

Our mixes of 10 random Girlguiding Midlands badges are perfect for collectors and swaps. 

Download the badge order form

Miscellaneous Badges - various prices plus delivery

Download the badge order form to see the miscellanious badges we currently have available - including leftover badges from our 2016 and 2017 events.

Download the badge order form

"I've had an Adventure with Girlguiding Midlands" Badge - £1 each plus delivery

Our new badge is the perfect way to remember the fab adventure you've had at a Girlguiding Midlands event. 

Download the badge order form

Nights Away Challenge Badge Order Form

Nights Away Challenge Record Card

Four Seasons Camping Challenge Badge Order Form

Four Seasons Camping Challenge Record Card

Miscellaneous Badge Order Form

The Chief Commissioner’s Award

This award may be given to any member of Girlguiding Midlands, who has given outstanding service to guiding at a local level. Any other roles held by the nominee are not relevant to this award.

Recommendations for this award may be made by anyone within or outside Guiding.

The nominee’s local Commissioner and County Commissioner must sign the application form.

Nominations must be selected by the County Awards Committee or by the County Commissioner in the absence of a Committee.

2018 Application forms are available via this website, County Commissioners or County Chair of Awards.  Please note that the form has been updated and copies of the old application form are no longer relevant,

Completed forms should be returned to Girlguiding Midlands Headquarters by the 31 August 2018.

Invitations to attend an Award Presentation will be sent to the successful nominees from Girlguiding Midlands office.

Note: Nominations must be received at Girlguiding Midlands by 31 August 2018. Each County has an allocated number of awards depending on the total amount of adult members in its County. 

The date for the presentation in 2018 will be Sunday 2 December.

2018 Chief Commissioners Award-Application Form