BBC Children in Need are making changes

14 Jan 2022 Jocelyn Horton    Last updated: 14 Jan 2022

BBC Children in Need are pausing their Main and Small Grants Programme.

Over the last 12 months BBC Children in Need (CiN) have been developing a new strategy for grant making, which will be launched in Spring 2022. This will include changes which will help them:

  • Improve accessibility, equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Make it easier for projects to apply for funding.
  • Help them put Children and Young people at the heart of everything they do
  • Remain UK wide but work locally in communities across the country.

Due to this new strategy, they are pausing their Main and Small Grants Programme for new applications. However, they will be making some grants in early 2022 and continuing to fund and manage around 2,500 grants.

As changes to a funder’s grant making calendar can cause challenges for organisations, they are looking at ways to deliver extension funding to support these organisations. This will be a competitive process and BBC CiN will be in touch if this affects your organisation.

When is the New Grants Strategy Launching?

They will be sharing more detail from Spring 2022.

BBC Children in Need remains entirely committed to supporting children and young people across all four nations of the UK. As a funder, their purposes will not be changing radically, but they want to make changes to the way their funding is accessed and are taking steps to address accessibility, equity, diversity and inclusion and making things simpler and quicker for everyone.

They want to put children at the heart of everything they do and use their position to establish partnerships which support them. The strategy will work to clearly define their purpose in relation to their key characteristics:

  • The BBC’s UK corporate charity
  • Children and young people at the heart of our work
  • UK wide and locally rooted
  • “Thoughtful Leadership” in funding for children and young people in the UK

When will they open funding again?

They remain open, supporting currently funded organisations and other grant making programmes. They expect new grant making programmes to open around September 2022.

What else will they be doing in 2022?

  • They will continue to fund and support a large active portfolio of around 2,500 projects across the UK. These are active for up to three years. This includes their Emergency Essentials and Next Steps programmes.
  • They will also deliver around 100 grants through the HSBC Money Heroes fund, a joint programme between BBC Children in Need, Young Enterprise (Young Money) and HSBC providing a package of support to help organisations develop and deliver financial education to children aged 3-11 years.
  • Their ‘Inspiring Futures’ Programme, a joint funding programme between BBC Children in Need and the Youth Futures Foundation will continue as will their ‘A Million and Me’ Programme.
  • In early 2022, they will be launching Hinterlands, a two-year early intervention wellbeing and mental health programme supporting children and young people aged 8- 13 years, who are growing up in isolated, rural, coastal and island communities where upwards of 250 micro-grants will be awarded.
  • Early 2022 also sees the launch of their Sharing Power programmes which is a series of open funds to support organisations to embed youth social action across the UK.

Geographic and thematic interests in Northern Ireland

BBC Children in Need operates across the UK, with grant-making teams based locally and informed by sector discussion, insight and research relevant to the local area. Geographic and thematic areas of interest help them achieve a comprehensive and inclusive portfolio of grants, representing the diversity of communities and need across the UK. Areas of Interest are a part of local plans of action, inform their discussions with the sector and help them to identify issues and barriers to access at a local level.

  • Geographical interests: Children and young people affected by deprivation within Strabane, Coleraine, Newry and Mourne, Dungannon, North Down, Ballymena,  Moyle, Magherafelt,  Armagh, Fermanagh, Omagh, Carrickfergus and Lisburn.
  • Thematic interests: Projects supporting young people impacted by domestic abuse and the mental health and wellbeing of disabled young people.  Projects tackling rural poverty and isolation including digital poverty. Projects representing the diversity of young people in Northern Ireland.

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by Jocelyn Horton

Fundraising Advice Officer

[email protected]

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