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Covid-19 Response Grant Programmes – Update

Last Updated: 11/05/2020

BBC Children in Need’s aim remains to do everything we can to help disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Over the last few weeks we have paused our normal Small and Main Grants Programmes. This has given us the time to find out more about the emerging needs of the sector, listen to the experiences of children and young people and engage in an ongoing dialogue with other funders.

In these most pressured times, we wanted to make sure that we used and continue to use this information to enable us to adapt as a funder.

We know that during the current COVID-19 crisis, many organisations urgently need certainty about funding for the coming year. Our commitment to those of you who currently have a grant from us is that:

  • your grant payments continue to be made promptly
  • our grant conditions and reporting deadlines are relaxed, where possible and
  • our local teams continue to support you to adapt and respond to the needs of children and young people

But equally, we are aware of the need for additional resources for organisations to adapt to the changes being experienced in your organisation and by the young people you support. While our general Small and Main Grant Programmes will remain paused, we will be launching two new COVID-19 Response Grants. These do not replace or affect any existing funding that you receive from us. Their purpose is to assist you to reach and continue to meet the needs of disadvantaged children and young people, including those young people impacted by hidden risks including poverty and abuse.

We appreciate the crisis is developing rapidly and that accurately predicting how COVID-19 may impact your work will be challenging.  Your organisation may be reviewing its working practices, trying to source equipment and materials, finding new ways of working and adapting to address the current and emerging needs of children and young people. These grants aim to provide you with the funds to respond effectively and flexibly to these changes and continue to meet the needs of children and young people during this time.

The COVID-19 Response Programmes are as follows:

  • The COVID-19 2020 Booster Grants programme will open to current BBC Children in Need grant-holders from Monday 18th May 2020 and will enable organisations to apply for funding up to £5,000 over a 6 month period.
  • The COVID-19 Large Grants programme will open to applications from 8th June 2020 and will enable organisations to apply for funding up to £80,000 over an 18 month period.

More details on both of these funds will be made available on our website.  Please check regularly for updates.

Find out more about grants from BBC Children in Need including our criteria and how to apply.

All our information for existing grantees including starting your grant, working with children and reporting.

Who we are

BBC Children in Need’s vision is that children and young people in the UK have a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential.

Our role in achieving this vision is by making grants to charities and other non-profit organisations that support and work with children and young people who are disadvantaged and face challenges in their lives.

The people and projects we fund will:

  • Take the initiative and show clearly how they will make a difference which will improve 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.
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BBC Children in Need’s vision is that all children and young people in the UK have a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to fulfil their potential.

Projects we fund make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. Projects achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

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