2023 - 24 Financial Assistance for Girl Troop Dues and Uniforms

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. 
We strongly encourage you to review the Financial Assistance guidelines by clicking on the box below.
To read the guidelines

Financial Assistance Guidelines

Youth Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant is a registered member of GSGCNWI.
  • Applicant would be unable to participate in the activity without financial support from the council.
  • Youth applicant is encouraged to participatd in the council’s product programs (Fall Product and Cookie Sales) to fund Girl Scout activities.
  • A Girl Scout can only receive financial assistance for 1 uniform per youth per Girl Scout program level. 
  • The household must not have any outstanding debt to the GSGCNWI council.

Financial assistance applications should not be used for:

  • Annual Membership Registration is provided to anyone who requests. Please click on our website to register. www.girlscoutsgcnwi.org. 

 Youth Member Eligible Expenses:

  • Troop dues (not to exceed $40/member/year).
  • Basic uniform essentials;
    • Approved uniform items can include sash/tunic/vest, troop numerals, council ID, American flag patch, and membership pin. Cargo Vest not included. 
  • Daisy Girl Scouts are also eligible to receive a handbook.

 Application Process:

  • A financial assistance application must be filled out for each individual member.
  • Applications must be completed and electronically signed by parent/guardian/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 dues will be mailed to the leader.
  • After receiving the application approval email, uniform items will be available to be picked up in your local Council shop.  
  • Uniforms purchased before receiving uniform financial assistance approval cannot be refunded.