Children in Need will do everything they can to help disadvantaged children and young people affected by the coronavirus outbreak. We are currently funding over 3,000 local charities and projects working with young people right across the UK, alongside our Emergency Essentials programme which provides vital support to families in crisis. Funding for these activities is needed right now and these projects have our 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, Children in Need are pausing all new applications for our Main and Small Grants programmes; this is a temporary measure which will enable them to focus on supporting the existing local charities and projects in our 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 their 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 our 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.

In the meantime….

Their Registration Process is still open

  • All applicants for Main Grants must now register with them by submitting an Organisation Registration form.  To complete an Organisation Registration Form, please read their Organisation Registration Form Guidance.
  • Your organisation must register before applying to them for funding, but you won’t have to complete the Registration process every time you apply to them. This is one of the key changes to save you time!
  • If your Registration is successful, they will then let you know when and how you can apply to them.
  • There is only one Project Application Form to complete – and they hope it is simpler and easier to use. they will be asking you for your feedback on this.
  • Once your organisation is Registered, we will send you a link to fill in a Main Grants Project Application Form. You can access this form through your online application portal. To complete a Project Application Form, please read their Project Application Form Guidance.
  • They are introducing National and Regional Plans during 2020 to help you understand where they will prioritise our funding decisions.
  • They will still have assessment calls but these will focus on three particular areas – the role of children in your project, planning and safeguarding.
  • They will be sharing their updated policy and eligibility information when they open for Registration. Please make sure you read this carefully before applying. If you are uncertain, please contact their local team.
  • Please make sure you have read our list of organisations/work they do not fund as this has changed.

Your organisation must register before applying to them for funding. It takes us up to three working weeks to process your registration. Please register at least three working weeks before the Project Application deadline.