BBC Children in Need - Main Grants


BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years. 

Scheme details

The scheme gives grants for children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

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

Projects they fund make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. Projects achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

They fund organisations working to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people's lives.  There is no upper limit for Main Grants but they make very few grants over £120,000 and most grants are for much less.  Each year they are asked for much more money than they are able to give. Requests for larger amounts are always more competitive.

If you are looking for any amount up to £10,000 for one year, see Small Grants.

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.
  • If you currently have a Main Grant, as long as your funding is coming to an end within the next 12 months you can apply for further Main Grant funding to keep running the same project, or on a different project. You will need to be able to provide convincing evidence of the differences our grant has made to the lives of the disadvantaged children and young people you have worked with.
  • If you currently have a Small Grant you can also apply for a Main Grant as long as it is for work with a different group of children and young people. 

Core Principles

BBC Children in Need expects all grant applications to reflect these principles

  • Being focussed on outcomes for children and young people
  • Addressing disadvantage
  • Safeguarding children
  • Enabling participation by children and young people
  • Avoiding statutory overlap or substitution

Focus on Outcomes for children and young people

They fund projects focused on differences made to the lives of disadvantaged child and young people.  Applicants must therefore provide clear evidence that disadvantaged children and young people:

  • will be the primary beneficiaries of the project and;
  • will experience positive changes in their lives from the activities or services provided.

Contact details

BBC Children In Need Appeal

028 9033 8221

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