DofE aims to empower young people; to support them as they learn new skills, overcome obstacles, and build confidence and resilience.
How much is the bursary?
Awards of £100, £200 or £300 will be given to support equipment purchases for the expeditions.
When do I apply?
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Who can apply?
Royal Mail or Post Office employees or pensioner (including a souse or partner) who is responsible for a child aged between 14 and 18 years old, who is enrolled in a Duke of Edinburgh scheme (Bronze, Silver or Gold).
Please refer to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) section below for information about a Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Bursary application.
Your application will be dealt with in strict confidence. It will only be seen by members of the Postal Family Fund.
Please check the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Bursary eligibility criteria before you apply.
Create a Postal Family Fund account to access your application form.
Fully complete the application form. We’ll then get in touch and request supporting documents.
Your application will be reviewed by our trustees who will announce their decision by writing to you.
The online application must be made by the parent or guardian of the child who is enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme
Payment will be made to the applicant.
Evidence of employment or pension status with Royal Mail or Post Office Ltd will be required from the applicant.
Evidence of equipment costs.
A child can only be awarded one DofE Bursary, regardless of how many awards the child undertakes.
If in doubt about eligibility, please contact us by email at email@example.com
The money that the Postal Family Fund provided went towards Jay’s new Cruiser bike. Maryanne, Jay’s mum, says “without the grant from the Postal Family Fund I would not have been able to have afforded the higher spec bike or all the zoom sessions which have allowed Jay to be in the position he is currently in”.Read Jay's story
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Ben plays percussion in the first section of the Forest of Dean Brass Band. He received a grade 9 in GCSE Music, was awarded the Old Cryptionian bursary, won the highly respected Stagecraft award, and competed with the Filton Brass Band in the Welsh Open. With help from Postal Family Fund, Ben was able to attend the prestigious Bolsover International Brass Band School.Read Ben's story
Ranked 7th in Great Britain for girl singles players of her age, Heidi Crncan said, “I am very grateful for the funding the Postal Family Fund has given me over the past few years. This money has really helped me in my tennis career so far. It has provided me with the opportunity to play a sport, which is played by others in a much more privileged position”Read Heidi's story
Louis Cheung-Turner dreams of representing Great Britain at the Olympics. With the support from Postal Family Fund, Louis mother Mel said, “The Postal Family Fund grant has helped enormously towards covering expenses for training camps, tournament costs, travel and accommodation, which comes with competing in many tournaments nationwide and internationally…”Read Louis's story
Formerly known as The Post Office Orphans Benevolent Institution (POOBI), the Postal Family Fund is a charitable organisation that helps Royal Mail Group & Post Office Ltd families with children who are experiencing difficulties and are in need of a little extra support.
The charity was established in 1870 by staff from the General Post Office (a forerunner of Royal Mail Group& Post Office Ltd) to help the families of their colleagues who faced hardship as a result of death or chronic illness or disability.Find out more
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