BBC Children in Need's publish new Grantmaking Strategy 2022-25 ahead of new funding streams launching in autumn 2022

18 Aug 2022 Jocelyn Horton    Last updated: 13 Sep 2022

BBC Children in Need has made significant changes to how it will deliver funding in future.

Children and young people are at the heart of what BBC Children in Need do and after the events of recent years, the funder has developed a new charitable ambition based on the principles of:

  • Sharing power with children and young people.
  • Acting flexibly.
  • Building awareness and empathy.
  • Building partnerships to bring communities and investors together.

As part of this, they will continue to offer project-based funding, but changes to the grants process includes a separate grants stream for core (organisational) costs and an additional stream for smaller, emerging organisations who may need greater support to access funding. 

Organisations will only be able to apply for one of these streams per year, so your organisation should choose which stream is most appropriate to your work. October 2022 will see the first of these funding streams open to applications.

To find out more about their new Grantmaking Strategy for 2022-2025 and details on funding streams, visit their website.

Upcoming Funding Programmes:

Project Costs Funding Stream 

Opening for applications in October 2022.

Project costs are restricted to the aims and delivery of a specific piece of work with children and young people. They will cover a defined set of activities, which are time limited.  Examples might include project staff costs, trips and outings, volunteer expenses and/or moveable equipment.

Core (Organisational) Costs Funding Stream

Opening for applications in October 2022.

Core costs funding can be spent flexibly on a grant holder’s central running and operational costs. They will fund organisations which work with children and young people. This might include management and administration, general office costs, accountancy and audit, fundraising, and governance/compliance costs. The stream is for the expenses required to keep an organisation running.

Emerging Grants Funding Stream

The name of this stream is to be confirmed. It will open for applications in Spring 2023.

This funding stream aims to build and diversify the range of organisations and work which they fund. They will target newer organisations and groups that are underrepresented in their portfolio of grantees, whom they may not have funded before. This stream will support emerging organisations, ideas, projects and approaches for work with children and young people. This may be to work on an emerging issue, a new area of focus/audience, or a way of doing things differently.  This funding stream will permit project, core costs or a combination of both. Further information will be available nearer the time about the themes and geographical areas that are a priority for their funding.

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by Jocelyn Horton

Fundraising Advice Officer

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