BBC Children in Need small grants

2nd October 2019

The BBC Children in Need small grants fund is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 per year for up to three years. Grants made must be for at least 50% of the total project cost.

What can be funded?

Projects working with children and young people aged 18 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”

“Projects we 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.”

Update from the funder

“We’ve changed the way our small grants programme is delivered:

  • You can now apply for up to £10,000 per year for up to three years – a total request of £30,000.
  • We have added an eligibility checklist to the form, to help you make sure you are able to apply for our funding.
  • The form has been updated, so please read carefully and follow the guidance provided in the application pages.
  • We will still be calling many applicants to gather additional information, but this call will be shorter.
  • We use our minimum standards for grantmaking to assess whether organisations are eligible. Please read these. If you do not meet these we will be unable to progress your application.”

“From September 2019 we no longer consider applications for projects delivering Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) related work under our small grants programme. Instead all applications, regardless of grant size, should be directed to our main grants programme.”


Check that your organisation meets the funder’s minimum standards. You will also need to read the guidance A to Z before completing the application form.

The next deadline for applications is 2 December 2019 (11.59pm).


Email or telephone 0345 609 0015 and select option two.

Answers to frequently asked questions are available. The funder has also written a useful guide to planning your project.