BBC Children in Need to launch new grant programmes in October 2022

BBC Children in Need’s grant programmes have been closed to applications for about 12 months while the organisation reviews its grant-making strategy.  Details of Children in Need’s strategic priorities are beginning to emerge as it seeks to relaunch its grant schemes in October 2022.

Children in Need will for the first time directly fund charities’ core costs over the next 3 years as part of its new strategy.

The charity will offer grants through 3 streams including one for core organisational and development costs and another aimed at its traditional project-based funding, both of which will open in October this year.

It will also launch a funding stream for smaller, emerging organisations who may need greater support to access funding in spring 2023.

The charity’s 2022-2025 strategy was co-created with young people, staff, volunteers, grantees and external stakeholders and it aims to simplify and streamline the application process for funding.

All the charity’s three funding streams will offer contracts to organisations for up to 3 years.

The charity’s core costs funding stream will open for applications in October 2022 and will allow charities that work with children and young people to spend money they are awarded on central running and operational expenses.

This might include management and administration, general office, accountancy and audit, fundraising, and governance or compliance costs.

Children in Need’s other new stream, provisionally named “emerging grants”, will launch in Spring 2023 and is aimed at newer charities that the organisation may not have funded before.

This funding stream will permit project costs, core costs or a combination of both.

Children in Need will also begin accepting applications in October 2022 for more of a traditional stream to fund project costs, which are restricted to the aims and delivery of a specific piece of work with children and young people.

This will cover a defined set of activities, which are time limited. The money could be spent on project staff costs, trips and outings, volunteer expenses or moveable equipment.

For further information about BBC Children in Need, please visit its website or, to keep updated on its new grant-making priorities, sign up for its newsletter (scroll down the page to complete the registration form).


Source: Civil Society News