Awards Funding Assistance Program

Awards Funding Assistance Program

The Awards Funding Assistance Program (AFAP; formerly FLARE Funding) provides financial assistance to young Victorians and Award Units so that every young Victorian may have the opportunity to participate in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, The Compass Award and The Bridge Award.

AFAP subsidises the cost of the Awards for young people who would otherwise not be able to afford to participate due to social and economic disadvantage. Through generous donations and fundraising, AFAP endeavours to ensure that any young person who wants to be involved, can be.

Applications for AFAP funding may be made by Award Leaders, Principals, teachers, youth workers or other adult volunteers on behalf of the Participants they will be supporting through the Awards. Applications may be made to assist with individual costs for a group of Participants, or on behalf of the Award Unit to assist with annual fees. 2018 Awards Funding Application.

Contributions to the AFAP are obtained through fundraising by existing Award Units during our annual Dukes Week celebrations and by a number of other sources. If you would like to make a contribution to the AFAP fund by organising a Dukes Week fundraiser or making a donation, we encourage you to do so.

Awards Victoria is a charitable organisation with ATO Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Status, making all donations over $2 fully tax-deductible.

Although it is not prerequisite for being granted assistance, AFAP has a particular focus on assisting young Victorians that are at risk. This includes migrant, refugee or CALD backgrounds, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders, those with physical or intellectual disability, in rural or isolated areas, disengaged from schools, young people in juvenile justice settings, those experiencing family dysfunction, drug or alcohol dependence or other social disadvantage.

For more information on AFAP, please feel free to contact us.

  • “Before, I would only dream of what I could do; now I still dream, but I also go out and do it!”

    Sam Burdon, Gold Awardee
  • “The current environment is very challenging for young people, so it’s important they try to make themselves more attractive to employers. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is highly valued by business because they know it helps to develop more rounded individuals.”

    HRH The Earl of Wessex, KG, GCVO, ADC Trustee
  • “I believe The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and other programs operated by the not-for-profit Awards Victoria Ltd are vital as they focus on developing our most valuable resource, our young people, who ultimately create the future of our community.”

    Gary Rowe, CEO, Safety Action Pty Ltd and Ambassador of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award