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.
BBC Children in Need is currently supporting over 2,700 projects in communities across the UK that are helping children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma.
In the last year alone, your support helped change the lives of over 582,000 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 £972 million to help make a difference to the lives of 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.
Every year, people from every corner of the UK come together to support BBC Children in Need and help change young lives - from schools and corporate partners like Asda and Boots, to individual fundraisers, colleagues across the BBC and celebrity friends.
Once we know how much money has been donated and raised through the annual Appeal, we set out our ‘grant budget’ for the year and hold ‘grant rounds’ where projects can apply to us for funding. We receive thousands of applications for grants every year. Applications are carefully assessed to ensure that the funding will make a real difference to children and young people facing a range of disadvantages, such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma. Organisations applying for funding must clearly demonstrate how their project will change the lives of those aged 18 and under for the better.
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.
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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 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.
If you’re still unsure whether your group is able to apply for a grant please contact our helpdesk on 0345 609 0015 / Pudseygrants@bbc.co.uk.
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 deadline is always midnight on the dates listed.
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.
No. All of the money in our grant reserves is intended for grantmaking activities and will help to support children and young people. We are committed to ensuring that donations are spent responsibly, and a rigorous evaluation and decision-making process is in place to ensure that this money goes on to have the greatest possible impact on young lives.
Any money not allocated to projects by the time our annual accounts are finalised at the end of June will be paid out in subsequent grant rounds. We have recently invested in our grantmaking capacity to ensure that we can allocate funding more quickly, and we have significantly reduced the time it takes to award funding.
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As a charity, we exist to find and fund inspiring ideas that change children’s lives. Every pound generously donated by the public goes towards our work supporting disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.
This includes the costs associated with allocating, monitoring and evaluating grants to ensure that money is being used to maximum effect, and the costs of undertaking charitable initiatives designed to have a positive impact on the lives of children and young people such as research and campaigns.
All other costs are covered by investment income and gift aid.
Our 2018 Appeal show it taking place on Friday 16 November – save the date!
No, none of the presenters receives a fee for presenting the BBC Children in Need Appeal Show.
Our Chief Executive’s salary is £130,000.
We really appreciate when our supporters choose to think of us on an ongoing basis and not just at the time of our annual appeal show.
In order to give regularly we ask that our supporters set up a standing order with their bank and confirm with us by email that this has been done. Having these details will ensure that we credit your record at regular intervals.
Our account for Standing Order payments is as follows:
Account Name: BBC Children in Need
Sort Code: 40-11-60
Account No: 70438847
Alternatively, you can speak to you workplace HR or payroll department and nominate BBC Children in Need to receive funds through your workplace payroll giving scheme.
In doing this any gift you choose to donate will cost you less as it will be made from your pre-tax pay. Learn about the tax break for payroll givers on the HMRC website.
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, or undertake a collection at a private event or venue with the permission of the owner.
With a huge volume of amazing supporters who fundraise for us every year, we do not have the resources to authorise and monitor every one of these fundraisers where any authorisation would require us to take full responsibility for the activities taking place.
Annually, BBC Children in Need is supported by thousands of amazing supporters. We would like to help all of our supporters maximise their fundraising, but with limited resources, we cannot provide merchandise sold on the Pudsey shop to supporters free of charge.
There are lots of small items available on the Pudsey shop that can be ordered individually. The Pudsey shop can be accessed here.
In addition 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.
Unfortunately, we do not currently have merchandise for you to sell at your event. Many of our supporters do opt to purchase items instead, you will be able to do this through our online shop here.
It is also possible to make bulk purchases by shopping through our shop.
In addition, we have special arrangements in place for schools whereby we operate a deposit scheme. Details of these are in our schools section here.
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 Fundraising Regulator provide comprehensive guidance on issues such as fundraising laws, public events, fundraising with children, insurance and risk. You can access their guidance for supporters by visiting https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/.
When planning a fundraising event, please also see the guidelines on Keeping Children Safe and refer to the NSPCC's information on safeguarding children and the NSPCC Fundraising best practice guidelines.
You can fundraise at any age. However, the minimum age varies depending on the type of fundraising activity you wish to undertake.
• Collection box collectors must be 16 years of age or over
• For licensed lotteries, children under the age of 16 cannot sell tickets
• Children under 16 cannot count money
• To skydive, you must be 16 or over
For all other fundraising activities, children under 16 need to have written consent from a parent or guardian in order to undertake their fundraising.
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. Please be aware, they do get a lot of requests, so please get in touch with them as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
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.
This year we are asking people to let us know what they are doing by completing an online update form. If you could fill this out with your story, adding your permission we will be able to share these with regional BBC colleagues. This will also enable BBC TV & Radio and social media to pick it up.
Unfortunately, we cannot promote individual fundraising events, however please feel free to post on our Facebook wall and tweet us.
We have a range of different videos that you could show at your event. These are available at out YouTube channel. Please visit http://uk.youtube.com/bbc and scroll further down the page where you can search for BBC Children in Need videos, or have a look at some of the show highlights on our website, at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008dk4b/features/cin-whats-on-index.
Any money donated through external online fundraising platforms is paid directly to the charity at regular intervals. This is cost effective for the charity and makes collecting money easier for you.
There are a range of options online and each option offers differing functionality depending in your needs. You can access some of the main providers here.
Yes, as long as you let your supporters know that the money is being split, how and between which charities.
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.
Unfortunately, as the long-time face of our charity, Pudsey is a trade mark and copyrighted by the BBC. Because of this we are unable to allow anyone to use the logo without a formal licensing agreement.
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:
Gift Aid is an easy way to increase the impact of your donations; further details are available from the HMRC website or on our website here.
We are incredibly grateful for these donations. By supporting BBC Children in Need with a gift in your Will means that the Charity can confidently plan and fund further initiatives which make a vital difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.
If you would like to leave a gift to BBC Children in Need in your Will, please contact a solicitor who specialises in this area. You will be able to source a solicitor here.
In preparing your will you will need to include 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.
To claim Gift Aid on your fundraising we must have the first name or initials, last name, full home address and postcode of each individual donor/ sponsor. So please encourage them to tick the Gift Aid box on your sponsorship form when they sponsor you or you collect money together.
Without these details we legally cannot claim Gift Aid- so follow up with your supporters – for every £10 you could add £2.50 against your target.
We do not use gift aid details for marketing purposes.
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.