BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme now accepting applications for projects that make a difference to the lives of children and young people (application deadline 4 May 2020)

Children in Need is currently inviting charities and not-for-profit organisations to apply for its Main Grant Programme.

The deadline for applications is Monday 4 May 2020.

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

The Main Grants Programme’s focus is on children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

o Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
o Any kind of disability.
o Behavioural or psychological difficulties, and/or
o Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

The Main Grants Programme is for grants over £10,000 per year to support projects for up to 3 years.

There is no upper limit for Main Grants but very few grants are for over £120,000 (or £40,000 per year) and the vast majority of grants are for much less.

Registered 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 may apply.

Funding is not available for:

o Unregistered organisations.
o Work which statutory bodies (such as schools or local authorities) have a duty to fund.
o Educational institutions including schools, universities, pupil referral units. The only exception is special schools.
o Organisations who have been active for less than three years.
o Local government, prisons or NHS bodies.
o Capital or building projects.
o Projects which promote religion.
o Trips or projects abroad.
o Medical treatment or research.
o Pregnancy testing or advice, information or counselling on pregnancy choices.
o Awareness-raising work, except where it is targeted at those children or young people most at risk.
o Bursaries, sponsored places, fees or equivalent.
o Holidays where there is little or no project involvement.
o Political activity or, to party political organisations or for direct lobbying.
o Individuals
o General appeals or endowment funds.
o Help with budget shortfalls or debt repayments.
o Projects where the grant expenditure is due to start before the grant award date (retrospective funding).
o Projects unable to start within 12 months of the grant award date.
o Unspecified expenditure.
o Organisational overheads or running costs which the organisation would incur whether the project was running or not.

All applicants for Main Grants must register by submitting an Organisation Registration form via the Children in Need website, where further information can also be found.