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BBC Children in Need COVID-19 Next Steps Grant Programme

BBC Children in Need’s aim is to continue to support disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have paused their normal Small and Main Grants Programmes.

Children in Need wanted to focus their efforts on faster response programmes including:

  • Emergency Essentials for families and children with critical needs such as a bed to sleep in and cooker to give them a hot meal
  • 2020 Booster Grants programme for current grant-holders. This enables organisations to adapt and change at pace to meet the needs of children and young people.

They have also used this time to:

  • Find out more about the emerging needs of the sector
  • Listen to the experiences of children and young people
  • Engage in an ongoing dialogue with other funders.

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

They are aware of the need for extra resources for organisations to adapt so they are launching the COVID-19 Next Steps programme. This will assist you to reach and continue to meet the needs of disadvantaged children and young people. Children in Need especially want to support the young people disproportionally affected by the pandemic.

They know the current situation is ever-changing. Predicting how COVID-19 may impact your work over the next 18 months is challenging.  Your organisation may be:

  • Reviewing its working practices
  • Finding new ways of working
  • Adapting to address the current and emerging needs of children and young people.

The COVID-19 Next Steps programme aims to provide you with the funds to respond effectively and flexibly to these changes. As a result they have temporarily flexed the types of applications we will accept. We encourage applications for:

  • Project delivery
  • Creative solutions to deliver much needed services
  • Organisational stability and support

BBC Children in Need is proud to be a part of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Coalition. This is a group of UK-wide funders aiming to make us more fair in the way they fund and operate.  The following principles will inform our Next Steps programme:

  • They recognise that those with direct lived experience, injustice or inequalities are best placed to lead change. They have grassroots reach and trust in their communities. They play a vital role in an effective response.
  • The coronavirus crisis is disproportionately impacting specific groups in society. This is due to long-term structural inequalities at health, social and economic levels. These groups all need additional tailored support.

They know that certain communities, such as disabled people and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, are being disproportionately affected by the pandemic. They encourage organisations led by people in those communities to apply.

All applications will have to show how this funding will make a difference to children and young people’s lives during this crisis.

Children in Need expect that this fund will be over-subscribed and only a proportion of applications will be successful. The deadline for this programme is 1 July 2020. We will assess applications in the order we receive them and track demand closely. They may need to take steps to help them manage the number of applications they receive and will keep you updated on this.

The COVID-19 Next Steps programme will open to applications from Wednesday 10 June 2020. It will enable organisations to apply for funding up to £80,000 over an 18 month period. Please refer to their Eligibility and Funding Criteria for further information on this programme.