BBC Children in Need main grants, deadline 13 January 2020

29 November 2019

BBC Children in Need has made changes to the main grants programme to make it "quicker, simpler and clearer".

Not-for-profit organisations that work with disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 and under in the UK can apply. Organisations must have been active for at least three years and have an income under £2million. 

Grants over £10,000 per year are available to support projects for up to three years. There is no upper limit but Children in Need makes very few grants over £120,000 (or £40,000 per year) and most grants are for much less. Capital or building projects are not eligible for funding.

Changes to the main grants programme

Applicants must register their organisation first

"Your organisation must register before applying to us for funding. It takes us up to three working weeks to process your registration. Please be aware that organisation registration forms submitted after 20 December 2019 may not be processed in time to meet the first application deadline of 13 January 2020. We close our office between Christmas and New Year."

If your registration is successful, the funder will explain when and how to apply for a grant. Please read the registration guidance.

Changes to application process

"There is only one project application form to complete – and we hope it is simpler and easier to use. We’ll be asking you for your feedback on this."

"We will still have assessment calls but these will focus on three particular areas – the role of children in your project, planning and safeguarding."

National and regional plans to be announced

"We are introducing national and regional plans during 2020 to help you understand where we will prioritise our funding decisions."


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