Financial Assistance for Girl Troop Dues and Uniforms

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana is committed to ensuring that all girls 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 fall product and Girl Scout cookie programs. 
We strongly encourage you to review the Financial Assistance guidelines by clicking on the  box below.
To read the guidelines

Financial Assistance Guidelines

Girl Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant is a registered member of Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
  • Applicant would be unable to participate in the activity without financial support from the council
  • Girl applicant has participated in the council’s product programs. Members who are new, or part of a new/start-up troop, and have missed one or both of the council’s two product programs must plan to participate in the next year’s product program activity.
  • Applicant must not have any outstanding debt to the GSGCNWI council.

Financial assistance applications should not be used for:

  • Annual Membership Registration - Directions for requesting annual membership registration can be found on our website. 

 Girl Member Eligible Expenses:

  • Troop dues (not to exceed $25/member/year)
  • Basic uniform items
    • Approved uniform items include: (sash/tunic, troop numerals, council ID, American flag patch)
  • One program book per year
    • The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting or one Journey book

 Application Process:

  • A financial assistance application must be filled out for each individual member applying.
  • Applications must be completed and electronically signed by parent/guardian or the adult in need of assistance.
  • Notification of approval will be sent by e-mail to the parent/guardian and troop leader. Notification will include an explanation of the amount of assistance that has been approved.

 Receiving Financial Assistance

  • Financial assistance for troop dues, troop field trips, or program fees will issued to the troop.
  • Financial assistance for approved uniform components and/or program books will be issued in the form of a voucher. 
  • Vouchers are only redeemable for items on application, no substitutions. Reimbursements will not be awarded for items purchased without use of the voucher.