BBC Children in Need Grants

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BBC Children in Need are offering Main and Small Grant programmes for non-for-profit organisations applying for grants of up to three years.

Should you apply?

BBC Children in Need only fund organisations that can tell them why they are best placed to deliver their work. This means applicants must be able to explain:

  • Their well-established links with young people
  • The skills and expertise they have for the work they are requesting funding for
  • Their track record in delivering the work they are requesting funding for. This is especially important for applicant applying for their Main Grants Programme.
  • How they will work alongside other organisations in their local community.

If you cannot explain all these things, BBC Children in Need do not recommend applying for funding as it is highly likely your application will be unsuccessful.

You must also meet their Minimum Standard for Grantmaking. Not meeting these standards is a very common reason for applications being declined.

What if you already have a grant?

BBC Children in Need accept applications from new applicants, and organisations which already have a BBC Children in Need grant. Their aim is to fund organisation which are best placed to make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people.

There is a great demand for their funding, and BBC Children in Need want to make sure their funding reaches the whole of the UK. They do allow organisations to hold more than one grant but unfortunately, they aren’t always able to offer multiple grants to the same organisation.

If you are a current grant holder or have been funded recently this will be taken into account whilst they make their funding decisions.

Grants are awarded for:

Children and young people aged 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

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

The work funded by BBC Children in Need will need to make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. Funded organisations achieve these by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

Grants are not awarded to/for:

  • Organisations who have been active for less than three years. (Main grants only. Newer organisations can apply to their Small Grants programme).
  • Work which statutory bodies (schools or local authorities) have a duty to fund.
  • To educational institutions including schools, universities, pupul referral units. The only exception is special schools, see here.
  • To local government, prisons or NHS bodies.
  • For capital or building projects.
  • For projects which promote religion.
  • To fund trips or projects abroad.
  • For medical treatment or research.
  • For pregnancy testing or advice, information on counselling on pregnancy choices.
  • For awareness-raising work, except where it is targeted at those children or young people most at risk.
  • For bursaries, sponsored places, fees or equivalent.
  • For holidays where there is little or no project involvement.
  • For political activity, to party political organisations or for direct lobbying.
  • To individuals.
  • To be passed on to other organisations.
  • For general appeals or endowment funds.
  • To help with budget shortfalls or debt repayments.
  • To projects where the grant expenditure is due to start before the grant award date (retrospective funding).
  • To projects unable to start within 12 months of the grant award date.
  • For unspecified expenditure.

What can you apply for?

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, BBC Children in Need have temporarily broadened the types of applications that are accepted. They currently offer funding that can be used more flexibly than usual.

They encourage applications for the following:

  • Project delivery (including staffing and salary costs)
  • Creative solutions to deliver much needed services
  • Organisational costs to support stability and adaptation. (Including the day-to-day running costs of an organisation as opposed to specific project costs)

All applicants will have to show how this funding will make a difference to children and young people’s lives during this crisis.

What can’t you apply for?

Whilst their funding is designed to be as flexible as possible, they are unable to consider applications for the following:

  • Capital/Building costs
  • Fixed equipment (e.g boilers, lighting etc.)
  • Vehicles
  • Statutory costs or work with statutory bodies (such as schools or local authorities) have a duty to find.
  • Non-Fixed equipment totalling over £20,000 (e.g play/sensory equipment)
  • Work delivered outside the UK
  • Work with young people over the age of 18 years.
  • Retrospective funding, where the grant expenditure is due to start before the grant award date.
  • Costs for which you have already received funding
  • Contributions to your reserves
  • Staff redundancy or re-deployment costs
  • Repayment of loans or debts
  • Investments
  • Pension liabilities and/or contributions to a large number of staff’s pension
  • Feasibility studies or scoping work
  • Projects which promote religions (however religious organisations can still be funded)
  • Trips or projects abroad
  • Medical treatment or research
  • Pregnancy testing or advice, information, or counselling on pregnancy choices.
  • Awareness-raising work, except where it is targeted at those children or young people most at risk.
  • Bursaries, sponsored places, fees or equivalent.
  • Political activity or, to party political organisations or for direct lobbying.
  • Individuals
  • For the grant to be passed on to other organisations
  • General appeals or endowment funds.
  • Work which directly addresses the effects of child sexual exploitation or is focused on addressing this issue (SMALL GRANTS ONLY – they support this work through their Main Grants Programme.)

GRANTS

Main Grants 2020 – Over £10,000 per year

Key information:

  • The deadline for all applications is 21st December 2020 at 11.30am
  • Grants may be up to 3 years in length
  • Organisations can apply for £10,001 or more per year
  • BBC Children in Need are highly likely to award more than £40k per annum for one- or two-year funding
  • They are highly unlikely to award about £100k in total for 3-year applications.
  • Your organisation must have been active for at least three years. If your organisation is newer than this, consider the Small Grants Programme.
  • Organisations may only apply for Main Grants or Small Grants in this round, not both.

Click here to apply

All decisions on Main Grants are expected to be made by the end of April 2021. However, it is difficult to understand how many applications will be received, so BBC Children in Need will be in touch with applicants if additional time is needed.

Small Grants 2020 – Up to £10,000 per year

Key information:

  • The deadline for all applications is 21st December 2020 at 11.30am.
  • Grants may be up to 3 years in length.
  • Organisations can apply for up to and including £10,000 per year.
  • Organisations may only apply for Main Grants or Small Grants in this round, not both.

Click here to apply

All decisions on Small Grants are expected to be made by the end of April 2021.

BBC Children in Need are expanding the work currently delivered through their Emergency Essentials Programme.

This programme supports individual children and young people who live in severe poverty, have a lack of basic facilities, and have additional pressures such as domestic violence, disability or poor health in family.

For more information visit the Emergency Essentials Webpage.

To learn more information about eligibility and applications to these Grant Programmes, please call 0345 609 0015, email pudseygrants@bbc.co.uk or visit their webpage here.

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