Costs and help with funding

Cost of the DofE Award and available financial support

The cost to take part in the DofE Award varies depending on the Award level and your method of enrolment.

Some funding is available for expeditions and activities.

Enrolment fees

Enrolling with a centre

When you have found a place at a DofE centre, you will be enrolled onto your award programme.

The current (as of 1 April 2024) enrolment costs for Hampshire County Council groups are:

  • Bronze Award –£38 (Welcome Pack cost: £28, HCC Admin fee: £10)
  • Silver Award – £38 (Welcome Pack cost: £28, HCC Admin fee: £10)
  • Gold Award – £45 (Welcome Pack cost: £35, HCC Admin fee: £10)

Enrolling independently

You may choose to enrol as an independent participant.

The current (as of 1 April 2024) enrolment fees for independent participants are:

  • Bronze Award – £68 (Welcome Pack Cost: £28, HCC Admin fee & Support £40)
  • Silver Award – £68 (Welcome Pack Cost: £28, HCC Admin fee & Support £40)
  • Gold Award – £75 (Welcome Pack Cost: £35, HCC Admin fee & Support £40)

Additional costs

The Hampshire DofE Award is run by volunteers to keep costs to a minimum. DofE Award centres will support you through your Award programme and often deliver expedition activities directly.

Charges can vary between centres. Ask your centre for further information.


The activities you choose for your Award will cost extra. You might want to budget for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, or choose a low-cost programme of activities in your local community.


Specialist expedition equipment can be expensive. If you do not wish to purchase your own equipment, most can be hired through your DofE Award centre. Speak to your DofE leader for more information.

Help with funding

Some funding is available for DofE activities. If you require further financial support, speak to your DofE leader.

Available funding

Funding Description
The Lord-Lieutenant's Fund Grants are available for wild country expeditions:
National DofE website DofE funding opportunities.
Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust 100 grants available to individuals who are held back due to lack of funding.
Hampshire County Council grant funding Available funding from Hampshire County Council.
The Hampshire and Isle Wight Community Foundation An independent charitable foundation dedicated to connecting donors with local causes and charities.
Asda Foundation Grants for communities and young people.
Easy Fundraising A free fundraising service. Raise funds for any charity, trust, school, club, good cause or community group when you shop online.
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Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust General grants for disadvantaged young people to take up opportunities to experience the great outdoors.
Photo of a residential dorm in summer with a bike outside it

Contact Details

Get in touch with the Hampshire DofE Award team for further information:

  • Hampshire Outdoors, Children’s Services Department
    Second Floor EII Court South
    The Castle, Winchester
    SO23 8UG

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: 01962 846193