Financial Assistance Application

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award USA works with foundations and corporations to provide young people in need financial assistance that will allow them to fully participate in the Award without economic barriers.  Financial assistance is available as funds are available and it is not guaranteed. 

Requirements for Funds:


          Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Be sure to include all eligible Participants in your request.

      The Award Coordinator will be alerted to the allocation of funds on behalf of their Participant(s) within 30 days.

Ou  Our goal is to support as many participants as possible to engage in the activities of their choice for the Award program. To ensure that financial aid funds can be distributed to as many participants as needed, we encourage them to please consider the most cost-effective options for their activities, and to select activities with reasonable cost. We will not be able to accommodate activities that require expensive equipment as part of the financial aid offer. When possible, we hope that participants can rent or borrow expensive equipment in order to preserve funds for other financial aid requests.

·      Financial Assistance will be awarded for the following types of activities for Participants:

  • Payment of the Participant Registration Fee  
  • Activities and/or equipment to fulfill a Participant’s skill, service, and/or physical recreation section
  • Partial payment for rental equipment and/or fees to participate in the Adventurous Journey and/or Residential Project
  • Training fees for adult volunteers or staff as Award Coordinators and Adventurous Journey Supervisors if they serve low-income, economically disadvantaged young people
  • Accommodations and/or transportation costs for Award Delivery Training for adult staff or volunteers if they serve low-income, economically disadvantaged young people



Eligibility for Need-Based Financial Assistance:



Financial assistance is currently only available to support Participants from low-income households and/or who have high barriers, who would not otherwise be able to take part in the Award. Low-income is defined as households that qualify for free- and reduced-rate lunches within public schools, are pell-grant eligible, and/or have a household income at 150% of the federal poverty level.


Award Center/Participant Profile

Target Number of Enrollment for The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award USA Participation
Number of Target Award Participants

Documentation for Financial Assistance Requested

Narrative on Need for Financial Assistance

Number of Participants Cost Paid by Participants and/or your Award Unit Amount of Financial Assistance Requested Total Cost
Bronze Fee ($100 per Participant)
Silver Fee ($125 per Participant)
Gold Fee ($150 per Participant)
Approx. Adventurous Journey Costs
Approx. Gold Residential Project costs
Award Adult Volunteer/Staff Training Fees
Accommodations and/or Transportation expenses for Award Adult Volunteers/Staff

Financial Assistance Agreement: