HRH Duke of Edinburgh Legacy Bursary Scheme

Closes 3 Jun 2022

Opened 8 Apr 2022


The death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh caused a wave of devastation across our Nation and I felt that in recognition of his many achievements, his forward thinking and dedication to country we should honour his legacy.

Prince Philip was a remarkable man - He served in the British Forces during WW2, was a patron, president or member of over 780 organisations, the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch and the longest-lived male member of the British Royal family. On the date of his retirement- August 2nd 2017- he had completed 22,219 solo engagements and 5,493 speeches since 1952. No one could ever doubt or question his dedication to Queen and Country.

His establishment of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards has had a massive, positive impact on the lives of many young people. In the UK since 1956 over 3.1 million Awards have been achieved and over 6.7 million have been started. Over 2million of those awards achieved are from young people here in Northern Ireland. However, I was conscious that the format of those awards would not interest or suit everyone. I also wanted to provide something that would benefit those in the younger age category of 11-16yrs that would typically miss out on funding opportunities. 

With this in mind, I’m incredibly proud that we have created our own bursary as a legacy to the Duke of Edinburgh here in our Borough which will enable young people to learn new skills, volunteer, gain self-confidence, make a difference in their community and follow their passion. Through this programme the legacy of a remarkable man lives on and will enable, encourage and empower our youth.

Councillor Leah Smyth


Enable, Encourage and Empower Our Youth

As a Legacy to His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council will be providing an annual Bursary Scheme for young people aged 11 – 25yrs.

  • Twenty bursaries will be available
  • 10 in the 11-16 age group and 10 in the 16+ age group
  • Successful applicants will take part in a 10-week programme (evenings September – November) to develop personal and life skills.
  • The programme will include essential elements covering volunteering, drug/alcohol awareness, good relations, leadership.
  • A range of other topics will be on offer including sports, arts including music, dance, drama, photography, theatre/show production, beauty, animal welfare, cookery & nutrition, mental health awareness, employability and CV development, digital and environment.

On completion of the 10-week programme (min. 80% attendance required) participants will be able to apply for the £1,000 bursary to purchase equipment up to £500 and tuition/training up to £500 (relating to the topics above).

To be eligible to apply nominees must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be aged 11 – 25yrs on 1 September 2022
  2. Live at a permanent address within the Borough
  3. Not have previously received a bursary from Council
  4. Be willing to fully participate in the 10-week programme