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We awarded you a grant because we believe that the activities or services you provide will improve the lives of the children and young people with whom you work. We believe this will contribute to our ambitions for every child in the UK to thrive and be the best they can be.

We are interested in learning from all our funded projects about the difference they make. We ask you to measure and evaluate your project and report back to us every year.

In your report we’d like you to tell us about:

  • The activities and services you provided, when they happened, how often and for how long.
  • The numbers and ages of the children and young people you worked with, and the type of challenges they experience.
  • The three most important differences (outcomes) your project is making to children’s lives.
  • Any other differences (outcomes) you have seen the children experience, in order to give us a full picture of your project.
  • A case study to tell us the story of an individual child, to help really bring your project to life (this should be anonymous).
  • How you spent the money you were awarded. You may be asked to provide evidence including receipts or invoices for any items over £250. If the grant funds any staff (full-time, part-time or sessional workers) you must submit a staffing costs summary for each one.
  • What you have learnt – (projects should always be looking to learn and improve).

In order to measure, evaluate and report on your project it is important that you keep records and notes and have regular discussions about your project. You should plan to collect information about the differences you are making (your outcomes) routinely from the start of your project. This will allow you to learn and develop your project to improve the differences you make. It will help you to explain to your participants, staff and supporters how successful your project is, as well as enabling you to complete your end of year grant reports and strengthen future applications for funding from many sources.

Please read our full guidance on reporting to BBC Children in Need, including support with setting your outcomes and self evaluation, as well as FAQs and an example report form.

PLEASE NOTE: The following guidance is for Main and Small Grants – We no longer make these grants. Please check back soon for updated reporting guidance for our Project and Core grants programmes.

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