BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need is currently accepting applications from charities and not-for-profit organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people living in the UK.

Registered charities, voluntary organisations, schools, churches and community interest groups can apply for either a Small Grant of up to £10,000 (for projects of one year) or a Main Grant exceeding £10,000 (for projects of up to three years).

Projects must benefit children and young people (aged 18 years and younger) who are experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  • Any kind of disability
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people’s lives.

Projects should:

  • Take the initiative and show clearly how they will make a difference in children and young people’s lives
  • Address the challenges the children and young people face, build their skills and resilience, empower them and extend their choices in life
  • Involve children and young people in the design, delivery and evaluation of their work
  • Be keen to keep learning about their work so that their ability to make a difference in children and young people’s lives can keep on improving

The Small Grants programme is looking for projects where a relatively small amount of money can make a big difference for children and young people.

The grants are to be used for direct project costs that relate clearly and directly to a project. These can include salaries, volunteer expenses, building hire costs and travel costs. In many cases project costs also include less delivery-focused aspects such as line management, administration, insurance and utilities. Match funding is not required.

Although applications are accepted throughout the year, there are specific deadlines and award dates.

The next deadlines for Small Grant applications are 1st June, 1st September and 1st December 2016.

The next deadlines for Main Grant applications are 15th May and 15th September 2016

Full details can be found on the BBC website