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BBC Children In Need – Small Grants Programme


Grants for not-for-profit organisations that are working with disadvantaged children and young people who are 18 years old and younger living in the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

Current Status
Open for Applications
Maximum value:
£ 30,000

Objectives of Fund

The Trust distributes the funds raised each year as grants to organisations that work with disadvantaged children and young people, under the age of 18, living in the UK.

Value Notes

Grants of up to £10,000 are available per year for up to three years (£30,000 total request).

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not a requirement of this programme. Applicants who are applying for part of the costs towards their project must provide information on:

  • The budget of the whole project, not just the costs requested from BBC Children in Need.
  • How the rest of the project costs are to be funded.
  • Which other funders they have applied to, if any.
  • If they are waiting to hear a decision from another funder and when they are likely to hear from them.

Who Can Apply

Not-for-profit organisations that work with disadvantaged children and young people of 18 years and under who live in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands are eligible to apply.

Organisations that already hold a grant from Children in Need can apply for further funding to keep running the same project or for a different project. Applicants will need to be able to provide convincing evidence of the differences the grant has made to the lives of the disadvantaged children and young people the organisation has worked with.

Organisations who currently hold an award from the Children in Need Main Grant Scheme can apply for a Small Grant as long as it is for work with a different group of children and young people.


Funding is not available for the following:

  • Work which statutory bodies (such as schools or local authorities) have a duty to fund.
  • Local government or NHS bodies.
  • Building project applications of more than £20,000.
  • Projects which promote religion.
  • Trips or projects abroad.
  • Medical treatment or research.
  • Pregnancy testing or advice, information or counselling on pregnancy choices.
  • Awareness-raising work, except where it is targeted at those children or young people most at risk.
  • Bursaries, sponsored places, fees or equivalent.
  • Individuals.
  • To be passed on to other organisations, for example, PTAs applying on behalf of schools.
  • General appeals or endowment funds.
  • Budget shortfalls or debt repayments.
  • Projects where the grant expenditure is due to start before the grant award date (retrospective funding).
  • Organisations which have applied in the last 12 months.
  • Projects unable to start within 12 months of the grant award date.
  • Unspecified expenditure.
  • Organisational overheads or running costs which the organisation would incur whether the project was running or not. Consideration will be given to funding support costs incurred as a direct result of running the project.
  • Projects delivering Child Sexual Exploitation related work. This work will now be considered under the Main Grants programme (starting from December 2019 when the Main Grants programme reopens for applications).

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available to organisations that are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
  • Any kind of disability.
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people’s lives. Eligible projects will make these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

Priority will be given to projects where a relatively small amount of money can make a big difference for children and young people.

How To Apply

The next deadline for applications is 2 December 2019. Decisions will be made in March 2020.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on the deadline date.

Applicants must refer to the A-Z Guidance document before making an application.

Application forms are available to complete online at the Children in Need website.

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