As young people face up to today’s challenges, we know the DofE has never been more needed.

In line with our strategy, Youth Without Limits, we are committed to ensuring the DofE is open to all young people and that our participants reflect the most diverse generation of young people ever.

To support DofE Licensed Organisations during the current challenging economic circumstances, we’re re-launching the Support for Current Licensed Organisations (LOs) fund for 2023/24.

This fund will help enable Licensed Organisations who support young people from marginalised backgrounds to continue to offer the DofE with a particular focus on those seeking to enable more young people from marginalised backgrounds to take part.

With the generous support of our donors – the new Support for Current Licensed Organisations Fund will support the DofE Licence Fee, external training for DofE Leaders and sectional equipment for LOs working with marginalised young people across the UK.

Who does this fund support?

Current DofE LOs can apply to this Fund to help enable delivery if they are supporting young people to do their DofE for whom one or more of the below applies:

  • Those who have additional needs
  • Those who are deemed ‘at risk’*
  • Those who receive Free School Meals (FSM)
  • Those who are eligible for Pupil Premium (PP), Pupil Equity Funding or the 16-19 Bursary
  • Young people at risk of exclusion from education
  • Those who are looked after or in care
  • Young people who are responsible for caring for someone else
  • Parents under the age of 18
  • Young people whose first language is not English, Welsh or Gaelic
  • Asylum seekers
  • Refugees
  • Young people in custody
  • Other – the Licensed Organisation must specify.

*By ‘At risk’ we mean any young person who may be vulnerable due to, for example, their age, mental health, disability, illness, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, economic status or who may be unable to protect themselves from abuse.

What does this fund support?
  • Licence Fee support
  • External adult training
  • Sectional equipment

All costs should exclude VAT unless the Licensed Organisation self-declares on the grant application form that they are unable to reclaim VAT. Then they should only include VAT for items which are eligible for VAT reclaim.

Key dates

The support for Current Licensed Organisations fund will open for applications in the week commencing 15 January 2024.

The fund will close for applications on the 15 March 2024, or sooner should the DofE decide to do so.

Application process

Step 1: Contact your DofE Operations Officer to find out more.

Step 2: If eligible, complete the DofE’s Grant Application Form with the support of your Operations Officer.

Step 3: Submit your application form, including reading and confirming you agree to the DofE’s Terms and Conditions.

Step 4: Your application will be reviewed and you will receive an email from your Operations Officer confirming whether it has been successful or not.

Step 5: If successful, use your grant in line with the agreement, making sure you keep copies of all VAT receipts/invoices.

Step 6: Complete an interim and final report by the dates stated on your application form.

Reporting requirements

Successful DofE Licensed Organisations will be required to complete an interim and final report by the dates stated on their application form, detailing how their grant has supported young people from marginalised backgrounds to do their DofE and the impact this has had.

Please contact your DofE Operations Officer to find out more.

The Support for Current Licensed Organisations Fund is generously supported by The UK Government, The Lords Mayor’s Appeal, Fort Foundation, Gerald Leigh Charitable Trust, Graham Kirkham Foundation, Hartz Family Foundation, Steve Morgan Foundation, The Ardnave Trust, The Ingram Trust, The Shanly Foundation, Tom & Karen Morrice, Tom Pindar, Westminster, Yusef Foundation and Zochonis.



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