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BBC Children in Need: The Core Costs Funding Stream

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BBC Children in Need’s Core Costs funding can be spent on your organisation’s central day-to-day operations. These might include:

  • Management and administration
  • HR and payroll
  • General office expenses
  • Accountancy and audit
  • Communications and outreach
  • Monitoring, evaluation, and learning
  • Governance, regulatory, and compliance costs.

This funding stream is for charities and not-for-profit organisations. Applicants to this programme can apply for grants for up to three years.  Quicker decisions are made for grants.

They will fund not-for-profit organisations working with children and young people aged 18 or under.  They seek to prioritise smaller, local organisations.

Other priorities for this fund are:

  • Organisations working in the heart of their communities, particularly in times of crisis.
  • Putting children and young people at the centre of everything they do, from design to delivery.
  • Addressing challenges faced by children and young people, building their skills and resilience.
  • Empowering children and young people and extending their choices in life.
  • Keen to keep learning about and developing their work with children and young people.
  • Committed to making a difference in children and young people’s lives.

Some of the organisations and projects BBC Children in Need doesn’t fund are:

  • Work that statutory bodies (such as schools or local authorities) have a duty to fund
  • Educational institutions, including schools, universities, and pupil referral units. Special schools are the only exception.
  • Local government, prisons, or NHS bodies.
  • Capital or building projects.

How much should you apply for?

  • Applications for grants of £15,000 or less per year will receive a quicker decision, and so will be able to start sooner if successful.
  • The Core Grants stream supports organisations for up to three years.
  • They will only consider applications for over £15,000 per year from organisations who have registered with the appropriate regulatory body.
  • They do not make grants of over £120,000 (or £40,000 per year), and most grants they make are for much less than this.
  • If your work directly supports certain groups of especially vulnerable children and young people, you’ll be unable to apply for less than £15,001 per year.

There are no deadlines for applications.

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