Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Whatever you need to know, in this section you'll find useful information about fundraising for BBC Children in Need and about the charity itself.
BBC Children in Need exists to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.
Our vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential.
We use the money raised to support projects working with disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.
We are currently supporting around 2,400 projects that are working with children facing a range of disadvantages. These include poverty and deprivation; disabled young people and children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect.
In the last year alone, your support helped change the lives of 480,000 disadvantaged children and young people, right here in the UK. To see where the money is being spent near you, check out details of grants in your area.
Since our first major Appeal in 1980 BBC Children in Need has raised over £840 million, all of which has gone to help disadvantaged children and young people around the UK.
We raise money by organising an annual fundraising campaign that culminates with the annual BBC Children in Need Appeal Show live on BBC One.
Our income comes from many sources including hundreds and thousands of people and their amazing fundraising efforts, as well as people who donate to us directly and through a number of partners.
After each Appeal we know how much we have raised and so can set a budget of how much we will have to award to projects. We are open all year for applications and so we spread the total raised across the year to give projects a fair chance of getting funding. We start making awards a few weeks after each Appeal and after just over a year the entire budget is committed to specific projects working with disadvantaged children and young people.
We provide grants to projects over a three year period. Like most responsible charities, we do not hand over the multi-year grants in one lump sum at the beginning of their funding period. Instead, the money is released to the organisation over time in instalments so that we can monitor the work being done and feel confident that money donated by the Public is being spent wisely, with the greatest possible impact on the lives of young people.
No. BBC Children in Need does not hold large sums of uncommitted funds.
BBC Children in Need provides grants to organisations over a three year period. Like most responsible charities, we do not hand over these multi-year grants in one lump sum at the beginning of their funding period. Instead, the money is released to the organisation over time so that we can monitor the work being done and feel confident that every penny the public has donated is being spent wisely, with the greatest possible impact on the lives of young people.
This is a responsible, prudent way of managing charitable donations and explains why BBC Children in Need holds the cash it has. It is ring fenced to specific projects - it just gets released over a period of time.
In order to administer the Charity efficiently, fundraise creatively, manage the funds raised professionally and operate as an effective grant-maker, BBC Children in Need incurs costs.
When the Public donates a pound to BBC Children in Need, this is a pound that goes to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. This includes the costs of ensuring our grants are allocated to excellent projects in communities across the UK making a tangible difference to young lives; monitoring and evaluating the project to ensure the money is being used to maximum effect and ensuring that grant making is supported, processed and governed responsibly.
All other costs not attributable to grant making are covered by investment income and gift aid
Our 2016 Appeal Night is Friday 18 November!
No, none of the presenters receives a fee for presenting the BBC Children in Need Appeal Show.
This will be updated when our new Chief Executive is in post in November.
We run seven grant rounds throughout the year – three main and four small – and accept applications year-round. Our teams carefully assess these applications to ensure that grants will make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.
Grant applications are reviewed in the Nation or Region where projects are based. A group of people, either local staff or volunteer committee members, draw on their specialist knowledge of the local context, the non-profit and children’s sectors, and BBC Children in Need’s policies and priorities to advise our board of Trustees which projects should receive grants.
All charities in the UK which are registered with the Charity Commission have a trust deed - a legal document which governs what they can and can't do. When the BBC Governors registered BBC Children in Need as a charity it was to support and help disadvantaged children and young people in the UK only. As this is our stated purpose, we now have over thirty years’ experience helping disadvantaged children in the UK and will continue our work within this sector.
We fund projects working with children and young people aged 18 years and under, living in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, who are experiencing disadvantage through:
- Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
- Any kind of disability
- Behavioural or psychological difficulties
- Living in poverty or situations of deprivation
We fund not-for-profit organisations working to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people's lives. These organisations include registered charities and voluntary organisations
Grants for individual children and young people are available through our Emergency Essentials Programme. This programme provides struggling families with items that meet children’s most basic needs, such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to give them a hot meal or clothing in a crisis.
In exceptional circumstances, we might also consider a case from an appropriate organisation seeking to make specialised types of grants (starter packs for young homeless people, for example) or from organisations who specialise in addressing the needs of specific disadvantaged communities. Organisations can also seek a Small or Main Grant to support an individual child or young person with specific needs to access their activities or services. Read our A to Z Guidance under the section ‘Individual Children’ for more detail.
We accept applications all year round, but have a number of deadline and award dates throughout the year. You can find these dates in our Should I Apply Section for Main Grants, or our Should I Apply section for Small Grants. The time of the deadline is always midnight.
Plan your project carefully. Look at our Planning Your Project page before you complete your application. Poor planning is a common reason why applications are not successful.
Read our A to Z Guidance to help you make sure you only apply for things that we can fund.
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 our Grants FAQ or contact us.
Almost anything you can think of! If you’re a dab-hand in the kitchen, why not hold a bake sale to raise money? Or if you’re feeling creative, perhaps host a talent show or a fancy dress day! Check out our Fundraising section for loads of advice, tips and ideas on how to be a fundraiser.
We don't encourage fundraisers to collect money door-to-door, in the street or any other public place and are unable to supply tins or buckets. Public collections undertaken for, or on behalf of, charities in public places are regulated by law and require a licence from the relevant authorities. We would recommend that you arrange a fundraising event rather than a collection.
Under the terms of the Gambling Act 2005 a raffle is considered to be a lottery and must be run in accordance with the law. If you're planning on organising your own raffle, please check the rules on the Gambling Commission website.
That’s great news, and we’d love for you to be involved! We’ve lots of ideas in our fundraising pack that are guaranteed to spread a smile among staff, while helping you fundraise.
Alternatively, if you’re interested in becoming a corporate partner and nominating BBC Children in Need as your official charity, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our dedicated team will be in touch ASAP.
Businesses are required by company law to have a written agreement with us if they plan to sell goods, services, or run promotions for the Appeal. Contact us via the above email for more details.
The Institute of Fundraising provide comprehensive guidance on issues such as fundraising laws, public events, fundraising with children, insurance and risk so please visit how2fundraise.org for advice.
Unfortunately we can't provide celebrities for events but, if he is available, Pudsey would love to make an appearance. Please contact your local BBC Children in Need office for details.
We’re proud of your donations, and want you to be too! To receive a your Thank You Certificate, send your original paying-in slip or your cheque with your name and address included, to BBC Children in Need, PO Box 648, Salford, M5 0LB, or to your local BBC Children in Need office.
As the long-time face of our charity, Pudsey is a trade mark and copyrighted by the BBC. Because of this anyone using his logo must have a formal licensing agreement. If you are organising an event and wish to show that you are supporting BBC Children in Need, you can download our supporter branding.
We’re sure that people in your local area would love to hear about your fundraising. In the first instance, Visit our Media Centre here.
The BBC has full editorial control over all its output, including the TV Appeal Show, so unfortunately we aren’t able to arrange coverage for specific events. However, you can try contacting your local BBC News stations, and it may well be something they like.
Local newspapers often like to feature fundraising stories, so do contact them to let them know the details of your event and any photo opportunities.
There are lots of ways to send in your donations, but please don’t send cash by post. Instead, please use one of the options below:
Send a cheque, postal order or CAF voucher to: BBC Children in Need Finance, PO Box 648, Salford, M5 0LB.
There will also be BBC Children in Need paying-in slip included in your fundraising pack. Most banks, building societies and post offices will accept the money you have collected for BBC Children in Need for a month or two after the Appeal and HSBC will accept it all year round.
You can also donate securely via this website, using a credit or debit card or your PayPal account, Barclays Pingit. You can call our donation line on 0345 7 33 22 33.
Alternatively you can use your nearest PayPoint store at any time or any Coinstar machine during the months of November and December.
Local Post Offices will also accept donations for us, just use the reference: FREEPAY 1066, when you pay in.
If you're a UK taxpayer, or you’re being sponsored by someone who is, we can claim an additional 25p for every £1 you donate. It’s claimed in Gift Aid from the Government and will be used by the charity to help cover running costs. What’s more, it won’t cost you a penny!
For us to claim Gift Aid on your donations you must pay UK income or capital gains tax, at least equal to the amount reclaimed on all your charitable donations. If your sponsors are contributing Gift Aid, they’ll just need to tick the red box on your sponsorship form and give their address.
This is an easy way to increase the impact of your donations, and further details are available from the HMRC website.
Throughout the year we receive donations in the form of legacies and we're incredibly grateful for these donations. If you would like to consider BBC Children in Need as a beneficiary in your Will, please contact your solicitor who will require the following details.
The official name of the charity is:
BBC Children in Need
Our address is:
BBC Children in Need
PO Box 648
Our registered charity number in England and Wales: 802052, in Scotland: SC039557.
BBC Children in Need recognises the fact that receiving feedback from those it interacts with, both through compliments and complaints, is an important part developing as an organisation.
To make a complaint, please read our Complaints Procedure document.