BBC Children in Need: Small Grants

Covid 19 Youth

BBC Children in Need’s Small Grants programme awards grants of up to £10,000 per year, for up to three years, to UK not-for-profit organisations working with children and young people aged 18 years and under 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.

(Work supporting young people who have experienced Child Sexual Exploitation cannot be funded through BBC Children in Need’s Small Grants programme. If you are looking to apply for this type of work, or for grants over £10,000, please see their Main Grants)

Funded organisations must make a difference to children’s lives by helping to prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. They can achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the funder has temporarily broadened the types of applications they can accept. They are currently offering funding that can be used more flexibly than usual. Applications for the following are encouraged:

  • 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 applications must demonstrate how this funding will make a difference to children and young people’s lives during this crisis.

Deadline: Currently closed until 16 August 2021

This fund is not managed by Funding for All. Please click ‘Find out more’ and contact the funder for more information.

Further reading

N.B. from Funding for All: Back in March, we had the pleasure of welcoming Sophie Charles, Impact Officer (South East) at BBC Children in Need to Funder Tuesdays – a series of online funding talks hosted in partnership with Stronger Kent Communities. Sophie shared her top tips for applying – read them here.

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