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Emergency Essentials

COVID-19 Emergency Essentials Update


BBC Children in Need are committed to supporting disadvantaged children and young people affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Donations received from the BBC’s The Big Night In appeal mean we can extend the support provided by the Emergency Essentials Programme. This will help us to reach more children and young people with the essential items they need.

Many families will be unable to send their child back to school for some time. To help reduce the pressure of isolation on families, we are providing grants for additional items. This includes:

  • Supporting access to education resources through grants for digital devices. This includes laptops and tablets.
  • Grants for toys and games.

The programme is also experiencing a rise in applications for other essential items. These items include washing machines, cookers and fridge/freezers. Thanks to donations received, we can also award more of these essential items.

Family Fund Business Services administer the grants on our behalf. They work with local organisations to reach families who are in need of our support. For more information about eligibility and how to apply for a grant, please visit their website or contact Family Fund Business Services at [email protected].

Information for families affected by floods across England


Our thoughts are with all those affected by the floods across England.

Our Emergency Essentials programme provides small grants to families facing a crisis at home and we are planning to make extra funding available through this scheme to support those affected by the floods. The programme can provide items that meet children’s most basic needs, such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to give them a hot meal, clothing (in a crisis) and other items and services that are critical to children’s wellbeing. Family Fund Business Services will be administering the grants on our behalf and will be working closely with local organisations to ensure we reach families who are in need of our support.

For more information about eligibility and how to apply for a grant please contact Family Fund Business Services at [email protected] or by phone on 01904 550011.

Emergency Essentials


Our Emergency Essentials programme supports individual children and young people living with severe poverty, a lack of the basic facilities which most of us take for granted and additional pressures such as domestic violence, disability or poor health in the family.

The programme provides items that meet children’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to give them a hot meal, clothing (in a crisis) and other items and services that are critical to children’s wellbeing.

The programme is now being delivered by Family Fund Business services on our behalf. It is a referrer only programme and applications can only be made by registered referrers, able to reach families who need the programme most. You can find out more, and how to register as a referral agency on their website.

In response to increased demand for essential goods from families living with severe financial, health and social difficulties which affect children’s wellbeing, BBC Children in Need has increased its commitment to Emergency Essentials to an annual fund of £3m.


If you are looking for a grant for any amount up to £10,000 for one year please see our Small Grants programme.

If you are looking for a grant for more than £10,000 please see our Main Grants programme.

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