BBC Children in Need distributes the funds raised each year as grants to organisations that work with disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. Your organisation and project must be based in the UK and you need to be a registered charity or other not-for-profit organisation.

 The Main and Small Grants Programmes are currently open for applications. BBC Children in Need is intending to run some additional, thematic programmes in 2021, starting with a Youth Social Action Fund which we will launch in early 2021.Within the general grants programme, you can apply for:

  • Small Grants of £10,000 or less per year for up to three years
  • Main Grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years
  • Emergency Essentials – for children living on poverty (for individuals)

How to apply: You can apply online and access guidance notes by visiting the website at:

These applications are currently shut whilst Children in Need review their criteria and are due to reopen in Spring 2022.


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