ACVO Opportunities


Project Costs Funding Stream

Funding available: max £120,000

Applications close: 31/01/2024

About this fund

Project costs support the aims and delivery of a specific piece of work. This work will usually be time-limited, and based on a defined set of activities.

Through this programme, Children in Need will fund organisations:

  • Working with children and young people aged 18 years and under
  • 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

Type of funding: Grant

Type of cost: Revenue

Fund award sizes: Maximum: £120,000

Notes on award amounts:
Applicants can apply for grants for up to three years.

Will not make grants of over £120,000 (or £40,000 per year), and most grants are for much less than this. If your project directly supports certain groups of especially vulnerable children and young people, you’ll be unable to apply for less than £15,001 per year.

Who can apply
They seek to prioritise smaller, local organisations and will rarely fund organisations with an annual turnover of more than £2 million in the most recent, complete financial year with the exception of Hospices; Housing Associations or applications which deliver nationwide or UK-wide work where there is no limit on turnover.

They will only consider applications for over £15,000 per year from organisations who have registered with the appropriate regulatory body.

Organisations with a current BBC Children in Need grant can also apply, as long as that funding is due to end within 12 months.

When to apply
There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted at any time.

They receive a very high number of applications between October and January. If you submit a form during these months, it make take longer to get a decision.

How to apply
Complete an Expression of Interest form on the Children in Need website. If they would like to support the work, you will then be send a full application.


  • 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
  • Capital or building projects
  • Projects that promote religion
  • Trips abroad, or other activity taking place outside the UK
  • Medical treatment or research
  • Pregnancy testing or advice, information, or counselling on pregnancy choices
  • Awareness-raising work, except where targeted at children or young people most at risk
  • Bursaries, sponsored places, fees, or similar costs
  • Holidays where there is little or no project involvement
  • Help with budget shortfalls or debt repayments
  • Retrospective funding
  • Projects unable to start within 12 months of the grant award date

See BBC Children in Need website for a full list.

Looking for support with funding?

Identifying funding opportunities and writing grant applications can seem overwhelming, especially when the future sustainability of your group is dependent on gaining funding support. 

Our supportive Funding Officer, Claire Shaw, can help your organisation with every step of the funding application process, from carrying out funding searches to proofreading your application.

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Project Costs Funding Stream

BBC Children in Need

Funding available: max £120,000

Applications close: 31/01/2024

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