Financial Assistance for Youth Program

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. 

To read the guidelines

Financial Assistance Guidelines

Youth Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant is a registered member of GCNWI.
  • Applicant would be unable to participate in the activity without financial support from the council.
  • Youth applicants are encouraged to participate in the council’s product programs (Fall Product and Cookie Sales) to fund Girl Scout activities.
  • The household 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.

Youth Member Eligible Expenses:

  • $25.00 Maximum for troop led field trips or camping trips. If seeking financial assistance for a Council led program, please fill out the Program Financial Assistance Application  here

  Application Process:

  • A financial assistance application must be filled out for each individual member.
  • Applications must be completed and electronically signed by parent/guardian or leader.
  • 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 Trips will be sent to the parent or Leader depending on who paid for it.