Funding Opportunities

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award strives to make the DofE accessible to everyone. If you or someone you know needs help with the cost of registering as a participant, please see below.

Other funding opportunities may be advertised on the DofE South East Region website.

Oxfordshire Open Award

Oxfordshire Open Award is the custodian of a hardship fund to be used for the benefit of the financially disadvantaged who wish to participate in a DofE award, but may be prevented from doing so due to financial constraints.

The hardship fund was transferred from Oxfordshire County Council to Oxfordshire Open Award with the express conditions set out below:

  • The funding must only be used to offer financial assistance to disadvantaged young people to register for the award or participate in DofE programme activities.

  • The funding must be made available across all financial years until used in full.

  • The funding must be made available to all DofE groups operating within Oxfordshire, except uniformed organisations as these come under National Operating Licence agreements.

Specifically the funds will be used to support financially disadvantaged individuals. The funds are not to be used to support DofE centres, nor to support the day to day running of Oxfordshire Open Award. Consequently ALL applications must be made by individuals, or on their behalf.

It is expected that organisations who require funding to enable them to be able to deliver DofE programmes will be able to approach other organisations for this.

To apply for financial assistance through this fund, please complete and return the Financial Assistance Form.

Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust Bursary Fund

Funding has been secured for a further year to help the DofE South East Region achieve a brighter future for disadvantaged young people.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust Bursary Fund will consider applications for £100 from individual DofE participants in order to ensure that lack of funds do not prevent their participation in DofE or enjoyment of the countryside and outdoor activities.

The funding will be used to:

  • Encourage young people from diverse backgrounds to participate in activities and build their self-confidence and skills to become active members of the community enjoying outdoor opportunities and engagement with the countryside which they may not have considered or experienced before.

  • Encourage successful applicants to remain enthused by outdoor activities and to develop interests and skills in this area.

Successful applicants will be required to provide a follow-up report (accompanied by 2/3 photographs) illustrating how the money was used within six months of receipt. This information will be used to inspire other young people and the fund's donors to encourage their continued support.

The funding can be provided either by (i) cheque to the Group Leader (to be used to offset direct costs of participation and equipment) or (ii) Cotswold Vouchers to the Participant. Please remember that if used with the DofE's commercial partner, Cotswold Outdoor (either at a store or on-line), both forms of bursary can benefit from the additional DofE Leader or Participant discount.

Please note that, as the total sum available for bursaries is limited to 100 applicants for the year, only those applicants most needing financial support will be successful.

For further information and an application form, please see the DofE South East Region Funding Opportunities page.

Abingdon Area DofE Committee

The Abingdon Area DofE Committee has a small fund available to help people from the area who wish to gain outdoor qualifications to support DofE.

If you are interested in applying for some money for this purpose, please download the Training Expenses Request Form and forward the completed form to the Abingdon Committee Treasurer, whose contact details are on the form.