BBC Children in Need: Funding for projects that support disadvantaged young people

Funding for Projects that Support Disadvantaged Young People (UK)

Grants of over £10,000 per project are available through the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme to not-for-profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Applications should demonstrate how your project will change the lives of children for the better.

Grants of over £10,000 are available with no upper limit stated, however BBC Children in Need make very few grants over £120,000.


Applying for funding

Organisations eligible to apply will be not-for-profit i.e. schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community groups, etc. In the case of schools this must not be for work that they have a duty to fund.

The fund is open to applications all year round, but there are a number of deadline and award dates throughout the year. The dates for 2019 are now published on the Main Grants web page with the first for 2019 being 11:59pm on the 13th January.


Case studies

Examples of projects funded include:

* Castle Wood School, Coventry: £89,779 to provide a fortnightly Saturday Club for disabled children and young people. A diverse range of activities will help develop life skills, provide social opportunities and improve confidence and self-esteem through making new friends.

* Rowan Gate Primary School, Northamptonshire: £24,715 to provide weekly film making sessions for disabled children. The project will develop communication and media skills and increase independence.

* St Josephs School and Community Steering Group, Allerdale: £61,480 for a project that will provide an after school and holiday clubs to engage disadvantaged young people living in Workington in physical and healthy living activity


Further information

For more information on the BBC Children in Need Main Grant fund, click here