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The DofE Award Bursary

The Essex County Council Duke of Edinburgh's Award bursary is available to support DofE participation in schools and at our eight Open Award Centres throughout Essex. This bursary supports the guiding principle of the DofE Award being achievable by all, by supporting disadvantaged young people and those with additional needs.

For young people who enrol on the DofE Award, cash back can be claimed on the DofE registration fee and between 30% - 50% discount can be applied to the total cost of a practice and qualifying walking expedition. Successful bursary places are subject to availability. The bursary is available to young people satisfying the following eligibility criteria:


  1. The home address of the participant is within an area designated by the government Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) of 1, 2 or 3. Or
  2. The participant has declared themselves as having a disability. Or
  3. The participant is a child in care. Or
  4. In receipt of free school meals and pupil premium 


How to apply:

Email us at: and we will send you an application form.


Decision process:

A decision regarding the expedition bursary is made by the ECC DofE County Coordinator. The expedition bursary can be applied for prior to enrolling on a DofE Award and prior to payment of the expedition costs. The bursary cannot be applied for retrospectively after payment for either the practice or qualifying walking expedition is made.

A decision regarding the cash back on the DofE registration fee is decided by the DofE South East headquarter team with the bursary applied retrospectively after the participant has enrolled and paid their registration fee. This bursary is given to the participant in cash.