Finance and funding

BBC Media Action Sources of Fundings


Where our money comes from

BBC Media Action received £40 million in the year to 31 March 2013. The principal source of funding was grants receivable from international bilateral donors and this income made it possible for the organisation to work on 81 projects around the world.

During 2012/2013 the largest donor, as in previous years, was the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and this supported a number of projects including those where BBC Media Action was a junior partner on a project led by other organisations.

In November 2011, BBC Media Action were awarded a Global Grant from DFID that incorporated all existing grants into one overall agreement and significantly increased the level of funding received over a five year period.

Further governmental funders that also support the organisation are the British Government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office, European Union and the US Government (via the US State Department and USAID).

Project specific funding is also received from a number of charitable foundations, most significantly the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation continue to show increased support in 2012/2013 to fund work in India.

Funding is not received from the BBC license fee. However, the BBC does provide BBC Media Action with office space and a small grant from the World Service that is gratefully received.

BBC Media Action is a registered charity thus does raise funds from individuals and companies as well as receiving some services pro bono on occasion. Whilst this represents a relatively small income stream in comparison to the major donors, it is of critical importance to the organisation because it is flexible. This type of funding can consequently be used as a catalyst for projects that then inspire something much larger.

Find out more about BBC Media Action's Catalyst Fund and our Corporate Leaders Group.

The financial information reviewed on this page has been extracted from the Annual Report for the year to 31 March 2013 and has been independently audited by KPMG LLP.

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