Saturday, 9 March 2013

Applying to BBC Children in Need – changes to grants programmes

BBC Children in Need’s processes for applying for a grant have recently changed and there are also new application deadlines for our Small Grants and Main Grants programmes.
For Small Grants:

Applicants can apply for a one year grant of up to £10,000.
Deadlines are 1st April, 1st June, 1st September, 1st December and 1st February
Decisions on applications will be received in 8-9 weeks following the application deadline
For Main Grants
Applicants can apply for a grant of over £10,000 a year for up to 3 years
Deadlines are 15th May, 15th September and 15th January

There is now a 2-stage process for applying - an initial application followed by a full application. If your Initial Application is successful you will be invited to submit a Full
Application within a month. Funding decisions will take approximately 4 months from the Initial Application deadline – e.g. if applying in May and invited to Full Application you could hear the outcome in September.

Applicants should contact your local CIN Regional office in Birmingham on 0121 567 6707 for guidance regarding what and how much to apply for.

For application forms and further information please visit the ‘Grants’ section of our website at <> . You will also find FAQs and guidelines about what we fund there, which we would advise you to read before applying.
Who & what we fund
Our vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood, and the chance to reach their potential. To achieve this vision, BBC Children in Need awards grants to not-for-profit organisations to make a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. We fund organisations working to combat or alleviate disadvantage, including:
  • living in poverty or situations of deprivation
  • disability
  • behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • illness, distress, abuse or neglect
We fund work that takes place in the UK and is for the benefit of children and young people aged 18 years and younger. Applicants should be constituted, not-for-profit organisations based in the UK. Applications can be for activities, equipment, salaries, volunteers’ expenses, travel costs etc. - it is up to the applicants to define their needs. For us the most important consideration is the effect such a grant will have on the children and young people, and it is applicants that can demonstrate this that have the greatest chance of success.

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