While all troops strive to be self-sustaining, at times individual members may need additional assistance. Our financial assistance program, the Opportunity Fund, addresses this need and helps ensure that all girls can participate in Girl Scouting regardless of socioeconomic status.
• Opportunity Funds are available to individual girls, not to
• Our goal is for troops/groups to be financially self-sustaining
• Opportunity Funds supplement existing troop/group resources. Funds should not be used in place of solid budget planning and money-earning projects
• The amount of funds granted will vary based upon need and available funds
What are Opportunity Funds?
Opportunity Funds provide confidential, needs-based financial assistance to individual girl members. Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona is committed to ensuring that all girls can participate in Girl Scouting, regardless of socioeconomic status. Financial assistance is a part of our council's continuing investment in leadership experiences for girls.
What do the funds cover?
Funds help cover future expenses associated with basic supplies and activities/events, which may include:
If a troop carefully plans, budgets and adjusts activities or timetables and some help is still needed for a small percentage of girls, Opportunity Funds may be used to help cover expenses.
How do I apply for Opportunity Fund assistance?
Caregivers can apply for assistance by requesting and submitting the appropriate form(s) or selecting that you request financial assistance when registering to become a member. All forms must be filled out completed and legibly to be considered for assistance. Forms can be obtained by calling the council office, downloaded from this web page, or stopping in to one of our retail stores during business hours. All forms should be submitted as far in advance as possible to allow for approval time. Requests must come from the family or caregiver, not the troop leader, unless the caregiver is the troop leader.
Who qualifies for assistance?
Applicants must be registered (or registering) members. Families should have exhausted existing resources, such as cookie credit, cookie dough, and funds generated from additional troop money-earning activities. Our council reserves the right to determine who qualifies based on need. The amount of funds granted will vary based upon need and available funds. Requests must come from the family or caregiver, not the troop leader, unless the caregiver is the troop leader.
What happens after the request is approved?
Families will be notified by email or phone of request status. Membership and registration fees will be directly applied to the member’s account. For uniform requests, we may ask you to pick up the requested pieces in the retail shop nearest you.