BBC Children in need grants

BBC Children in need will do everything they can to help disadvantaged children and young people affected by the coronavirus outbreak. They currently fund over 3,000 local charities and projects working with young people right across the UK, alongside their Emergency Essentials programme which provides vital support to families in crisis. Funding for these activities is needed right now and these projects have full support at this difficult time.

As a result, they need to carefully consider how to allocate any future funding to ensure it will have the greatest impact on young people who will already have been, and will continue to be, significantly affected during these unprecedented times. With this in mind, all new applications for our Main and Small Grants programmes are being paused; this is a temporary measure which will enable them to focus on supporting the existing local charities and projects in their grants portfolio right across the UK. This will enable them to take account of the effects of the pandemic on the UK’s children and young people, so that funding can make a real difference now, and most importantly, to those who need it most.

In the coming weeks, they will announce specific measures to further support children and young people affected by the coronavirus outbreak, including additional funding.

In the meantime, they want to express gratitude to the thousands of project workers and volunteers who are working tirelessly to support vulnerable young people in communities throughout the UK, in such extraordinary circumstances.

BBC Children in Need 01.04.2020