BBC Children in Need’s Main Grants Program (Over £10,000 Available Annually)

BBC Children in Need’s Main Grants Program (Over £10,000 Available Annually)

Deadline: September 15, 2016

BBC Children in Need’s Main Grants Program is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations. Projects funded make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. They achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

Grant are given for children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect;
  • Any kind of disability;
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties;
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.


  • Grants over £10,000 per year to support projects for up to three years.
  • There is no upper limit for Main Grants but they make very few grants over £120,000 (or £40,000 per year) and most grants are for much less.


  • Open to Not-for-profit organisations that work with disadvantaged children and young people of 18 years and under who live in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.
  • If you currently have a Main Grant, as long as your funding is coming to an end within the next 12 months you can apply for further Main Grant funding to keep running the same project, or on a different project. You will need to be able to provide convincing evidence of the differences the grant has made to the lives of the disadvantaged children and young people you have worked with.
  • If you currently have a Small Grant you can also apply for a Main Grant as long as it is for work with a different group of children and young people. Please note can you usually only have one application assesed in any 12-month period.

Application Process

  • Plan your project carefully. You may find the guide to Planning Your Project useful before you complete your application. Poor planning is a common reason why applications are not successful.
  • Read the A to Z Guidance to help you make sure you only apply for things that organizers can fund.
  • There are two stage application process which will enable organizers to let you know quickly whether they would like to see a full application.
  • Use the online application system to complete an Initial Application and to submit additional information.
  • At the start of the application form you will be required to complete an eligibility quiz, please answer this carefully as it tells them whether your project is one they are able to fund. You will be asked to provide evidence for these answers during the assessment process.
  • The most common reason applications are unsuccessful is because not all the required extra information is included. If you have any questions about what you need to submit please refer to the FAQ or contact the organizers.

For more information, visit BBC Children in Needs Grant.