Thanks to a range of generous charitable donations, funding is available to support DofE participation throughout the South East region.
Generally this funding supports the guiding principle of DofE being achievable by all, by supporting disadvantaged young people and those with additional needs, Centres working with these young people or new Centres. Some funding is also restricted to specific geographical areas within the region.
Funding usually has to be supported by DofE Managers or Co-ordinators and may require feedback to be provided in the form of reports and photographs.
When considering any application for funding, we will investigate track records for providing feedback for previous funding and the progress of Participants who have been supported, e.g. whether they achieved their awards.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust provides bursaries to enable young people to take part in DofE when they would otherwise not have been able to for financial reasons. The Bursary Fund provides grants of £100 to individuals across the South East Region. The Bursary will be paid by cheque via the participant’s Centre, or in the form of Cotswold vouchers, and can be used to support any section – usually the Expedition section but other expenses can be viable such as costs to attend Volunteering opportunities or equipment for Skills or Physical.
Please send the completed form to your DofE Manager, who will forward it to the South East Regional Office. We would prefer forms are completed electronically and returned by email so digital signatures are acceptable. Bursaries are subject to availability and limited to a small number per centre to allow for funds to be spread over the Region.
Within six months of any funding being granted, applicants must submit a report with supporting digital photographs. This is a mandatory requirement of the funding process.
Free Participation Places
Free Participation Places (FPP) are provided to increase the number of young people from disadvantaged background, or with additional needs, to take part in DofE. We are therefore pleased to be able to offer FPP to young people satisfying appropriate criteria.
We are keen to encourage as many young people as possible to participate in DofE programmes at any of the three Levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The form must be completed by a DofE Manager within a DLC or an OA and submitted to the South East Regional Office. Places are subject to availability.
1. Participant home address is in IMD 1-3 area (postcode must be entered accurately on eDofE).
2. Participant has a disability (this must be declared on eDofE). Please refer to the Disability Discrimination Act for definitions of disability, which include Asthma, Dyslexia and ADHD.
3. Participating at a Centre which is designated as working exclusively with disadvantaged young people.
If none of these criteria are relevant but you still believe that the young person qualifies for FPP then you may still apply using criteria 4, although you will need to provide supporting information on the form.
Other South East Funding Opportunities
If you have a project which requires funding, and supports our principle of being achievable by all, please contact your Operations Officer (contact details on our team page).