Blair Mayne Bursary Award Scheme

Blair Mayne Bursary award scheme now open

  • Are you aged 25 or younger?
  • Are you thinking of pursuing a career in sport, academic study or adventure training?
  • Would a £500 bursary help?

The Blair Mayne Bursary Award Scheme, operated by Ards and North Down Borough Council, awards £500 to applicants to help them realise their aspirations by helping fund a goal or a particular project.

Application forms can be picked up at Council offices at Bangor Castle and Church Street Newtownards.

Application form is below: editable PDF to be completed, saved and returned by email. Guidance notes for applicants can be found in the drop down section below: please read before completing application.

Closing date for applications is 9 January 2023 at 12.00noon.

The Blair Mayne Bursary Guidance Notes

Guidance Notes for Applicants


The legacy of great men such as Blair Mayne is the freedom in all its forms which has, and continues to be, enjoyed by hundreds of millions of people across the world today.  

 The response to the public appeal for the memorial to Colonel Mayne was so great that the funds raised exceeded the amount required to commission the bronze statue which now graces Conway Square in Newtownards.  

Consequently the Council decided to use these surplus funds to establish the Blair Mayne Bursary.   

Who Can Apply?  

The Bursary welcomes applications:  

  • From residents of the Ards and North Down Borough who are aged 25 years or under.  

What Are The Categories?  

There are three categories:  

  • academic study  
  • sport, and   
  • adventure training.  

What Level Of Funding Is Available? 

Each bursary is £500.  

What Do I Need To Do To Apply?  

Complete the application form, making sure to record your address and date of birth.  

Provide as much detailed information and supporting documentation as you can. The form consists of only one page and applicants are actively encouraged to use continuation sheets to ensure that the Blair Mayne Bursary Committee has enough information with which to assess applications.  

Remember that the Bursary’s guiding principle is ‘aspiring to excellence’ and therefore, applications are scored with the following criteria and should clearly indicate how the bursary would demonstrate each:  

  • Aspiring to Excellence (Max. 10 points)  
  • Innovation /creativity (Max. 10 points)  
  • Benefit to others (Max. 5 points)  
  • Personal development of the candidate (Max. 10 points)  

  As special emphasis is placed on these areas, applicants should try to address them when completing their forms.   

 When Will I Know The Outcome?  

The Blair Mayne Bursary Committee will meet to assess applications as soon as possible, normally in January, and applicants will be informed of the outcome in writing thereafter.  

For further information contact Amanda Irvine, Ards and North Down Borough Council, Town Hall, The Castle, Bangor, BT20 4BT, Tel: 028 9182 4004, E: