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 troops
- 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:
Opportunity Funds for Camp are limited to half of the cost of one camp per girl, per year.
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?
Opportunity Fund applications for camp, uniforms, and program and event fees are linked in the list above. Opportunity Fund requests for Girl Scout membership, however, are made online, through our membership system.
Returning members should make financial assistance requests during the membership renewal process, by logging into their "MyGS" accounts.
Requests must come from the family or caregiver, not the troop leader, unless the caregiver is the troop leader. If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Care desk at 520-327-2288.
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.