Useful Resources

We have collected some useful resources which we suggest you review whether you are applying for a grant or not.

A little background on some of the many and diverse projects we have supported


Scouts of Macedonia – changing the communities through leadership!

In communities where young people are considered as significantly passive, Scouting with the support of the Eric Frank Trust is a rare key player that proves the opposite. Given a chance and with the methods of Scouting young people can be leaders in their communities, shaping, changing and contributing to its development. Through the implemented project more than 100 young people have been empowered and now are actively taking implementing actions in their communities, demonstrating leadership and spreading the movement. The project activities consisted of Leadership workshops, Mentoring Leadership and Youth Inclusion.

Forest People of Rwanda Join Scouting

The Forest Peoples of Rwanda are close to extinction; their traditional culture and way of life differ dramatically from other people causing a history of conflict with them. They suffer malnutrition, destitution, inaccessible education, their traditional sources of food are nearly exhausted. It is through Scouting that they are being enabled to rebuild their families.


Tall Ships Youth Trust

The Tall Ships Youth Trust’s mission is to enable disadvantaged and disabled young people aged 12-25 years to fulfil their life potential through experiences at sea and, by breaking down the barriers they face. Disadvantaged young people often feel excluded and lack the self-esteem to reach their potential. After a week at sea with us, their self-worth and life chances have literally been transformed. The Eric Frank Trust’s support means another 20 young people will benefit this year.



The UNGUVU3 project empowered 28 young Scouts from 14 countries in Africa and Europe to integrate the Scout Leadership Model into the Scout Programme. At the international event Roverway, participants explored the concept of Leadership in Scouting and put in practice its principles with more than 500 of their peers at the event and in their own Country once home.




Research into Youth Leadership

The Eric Frank Trust co-funded a PhD student – Rosie Austin – based at the Department of Geography, Loughborough University. Her research explored experiences and understandings of youth leadership for both young people and adults. The PhD project focused upon spaces of non-formal learning within the UK and drew upon the case-study of the UK Scout Association’s Young Leaders Scheme (YLS).

Rosie’s project sits within a wider context of a shifting social and economic landscape for young people to navigate. Certain attributes and skills – including ‘leadership’ – are currently framed as key for young people to secure in order to manage successful transitions to adulthood. Rosie sought to critically engage with these ideas to better understand constructions of leadership discourses and how leadership is understood by young people. Indeed, in the academic literature to date, much of the focus on this topic is from an adult perspective. This PhD project hosted original fieldwork with young people engaged in YLS to understand their experiences of leadership development.

Rosie’s project report ‘Geographies of Youth Leadership: Volunteering and the Young Leaders Scheme in the UK Scout Association’ can be downloaded here.

Written Resources:


Title Author Date Notes
Annual Report 2021 EFT Trustees 9 December 2022 Trustees’ Report and Financial Statements for the year ending 31 December 2021. Open here.
EFT Criteria and Grant Application Form Derek Pollard 12 Oct 2020 Open here. Please download, print and complete. Email completed applications to
The Submission of Projects Derek Pollard 19 Oct 2020 An explanation of the criteria for the submission of projects to the Eric Frank Trust. Open here.
EFT Data Protection Policy EFT Trustees 18 Oct 2018 Data Protection Policy approved by the EFT Board of Trustees. Open here.
EFT Privacy Policy EFT Trustees 18 Oct 2018 Privacy Policy approved by the EFT Board of Trustees. Open here.
EFT Safeguarding Policy EFT Trustees 19 Feb 2019 Safeguarding Policy approved by the EFT Board of Trustees. Open here.
Delivering the Scout Method through Peer Education – adolescent personal and leadership development John Huskins 7 July 2012 This paper suggests how young people can through Scouting, be empowered to progressively take increasing responsibility for their activities, their learning, themselves and each other, and develop personal social and leadership skills.