BBC Children in Need – Core Grants

The funding is intended for not-for-profit organisations that work with disadvantaged children and young people, under the age of 18, living in the UK. 

This stream offers core funding to organisations whose work aligns with the principles set out in the Children in Need Grantmaking Strategy 2022-2025:

  • Sharing power with children and young people.
  • Acting flexibly.
  • Using its voice to build awareness and empathy around issues.
  • Building partnerships to bring communities and investors together.

 The core grants stream can support organisations for up to three years.

The maximum grant is £120,000 (or £40,000 over three years), though most grants made are for much less than this.

Priority will be given to applications from smaller, local organisations with an annual turnover of more than £1 million in the most recent, complete financial year.

Applications for more than £15,000 per year will only be considered from organisations registered with the appropriate regulatory body.

Core Costs grants are awarded as restricted funding and must be used to cover the organisation’s essential running expenses.

The funding is to be used for an organisation\’s central day-to-day operations, including:

  • Management and administration.
  • HR and payroll.
  • General office expenses.
  • Accountancy and audit.
  • Communications and outreach.
  • Monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
  • Governance, regulatory, and compliance costs.

How To Apply

Applications can be made at any time. There are no deadlines.

Groups requesting £15,000 or less will receive a quicker decision and be able to start sooner.

There is a two-stage application process:

  • An initial Expression of Interest form can be found on the Children in Need website.
  • Successful applicants will receive a link to the full application form and have 120 days to complete it.

Organisations can only apply for and hold one grant at any time.

Organisations with a current BBC Children in Need grant that is due to end within 12 months can usually reapply. However, the new funding will not be released until the current grant has ended.

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