Our Access Without Limits funding programme aims to ensure that the DofE is for all young people and reflects the most diverse generation of young people ever. Our aim is to open-up access to the DofE for young people living in difficult circumstances, including those unable to afford to take part as the cost-of-living crisis starts to kick-in. With the help of our generous funders, we are funding more places than ever before.

Schools Funding


The Department for Education and The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are helping us to offer funding to state mainstream, SEND, and Alternative Provision schools, across England to deliver the DofE for their students. Schools can receive funding to setup the DofE, combined with bespoke support from the DofE team to guide on the process every step of the way.

This funding comes in a package that includes:

  • Licence fee support
  • Training package for DofE Leaders
  • Bronze and Silver participation places
  • Equipment

How to apply: if you would like more information, please get in touch with your local DofE office or contact us via email.

Community Funding

Funding for Community Organisations Funding for Community Organisations Northern Ireland

Access Without Limits community funding will enable more young people living in the most deprived areas of the UK to take part in the DofE for free. This new out-of-school approach working with local community organisations is being piloted over the next three years thanks to a £3 million grant fund from The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust. 

Community funding comes in a package that includes: 

  • Licence fee support for community and voluntary organisations 
  • Access to staff and volunteer training courses 
  • Free participation places for young people
  • Expedition kit start-up costs 

Support for Current Licensed Organisations and Centres

During the current challenging economic situation, this fund will help Licensed Organisations and Centres supporting marginalised young people to continue to offer the DofE, ensuring that the Award remains accessible for all young people. 

The funding coming in a package that includes: 

  • Licence fee support
  • Expedition Equipment Top-up
  • Leader Expedition support
  • External Adult training support 

How to apply: if you would like more information, please get in touch with your DofE Operations Officer or contact us via email.

A range of Access Without Limits programmes are underway to offer free places for young people who need this funding the most, and to train a vast grassroots network of adult volunteers already making a difference for these young people in their communities. Thanks to all our funders – and a call for others to join us in making the DofE accessible for all young people.

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