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.

The Resilience Fund

To break down barriers to participation, we’re re-launching the Resilience Fund and combining this with our Support for Current Licensed Organisation funding.

The Resilience Fund
Funding for Community Groups
Funding for Community Groups Funding for Community Groups in Northern Ireland Strategic Partners Fund

Our funding for Voluntary and Community Organisations (VCOs) is now open for applications. Groups in targeted areas of the UK who work with marginalised groups can apply for grants to set up and deliver the DofE to their young people.

Schools Funding


The Department for Education and The Department for 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
  • Bronze, Silver and Gold 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.

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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Read about DofE participants who have been positively impacted by the Access Without Limits Funding:

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