Financial Assistance for Programs

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) is committed to ensuring that all youth have the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouting. In order to remove financial barriers to participating in Girl Scouts, we offer limited funds to help members who would be unable to participate in Girl Scout activities without financial support from the council. Troops are encouraged to facilitate girl-led financial planning for their activities. Financial assistance is not a primary source of funding for members or troops. Financial assistance funds are supported by the Family Partnership campaign as well as the Girl Scout Fall Product and Girl Scout cookie programs. 


*Financial assistance for program can take up to 4 weeks to process. As final payments are auto debited a week before the program, please be aware of this timetable.*

To read the guidelines

2023 - 2024 Financial Assistance Guidelines

Girl/Adult Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant is a registered member of the GSGCNWI council.
  • Applicant would be unable to participate in the activity without financial support from the council.
  • Youth applicants are encouraged to participat in the council’s product programs (Fall Product and Cookie Sales) to fund Girl Scout activities.
  • Applicant must not have any outstanding debt to the GSGCNWI council.

Financial assistance applications should not be used for:

  • Annual Membership Registration: Annual membership is given to anyone who requests without an application. Please click on our website to register. 

Eligible Expenses:

  • Council led program event fee (If seeking financial assistance for a Troop Trip please fill out the Troop Trip Financial Assistance application here)

  Application Process:

  • A minimum deposit ($5.00) must be on program registration before applying for program financial assistance.
  • A financial assistance application must be filled out for each individual member applying.
  • Applications must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to program/event.
  • Applications must be completed and electronically signed by parent/guardian.
  • Notification of approval will be sent by e-mail to the parent/guardian/adult and troop leader. Notification will include an explanation of the amount of assistance that has been approved.