- You only allow ‘cost recovery’ activities. What does this mean?
- What costs should I list on my activity?
- What is an acceptable cost-recovery charge for my activity to be included on the site?
- Can I hold an activity at a commercial venue?
- Why can't I promote fundraising activities?
You only allow ‘cost recovery’ activities. What does this mean?Cost recovery means charging a price which is no greater than the cost of actually running the activity itself. Cost-recovery overheads related directly to your activity can be included. These can include activity specific equipment and materials, venue hire, trainers and staffing, promotional materials or insurance. Non-activity specific overheads cannot be included. Please note: Cost recovery does not therefore include activities which are profit-making or fundraising.
What costs should I list on my activity?Any costs associated with attending your activity, such as food or parking should be mentioned in the cost details section of your activity. If there is no actual charge for your activity though, you can mark it as free. If there is an entrance fee charge or cost for your activity, please mark your activity as 'paid' and include specific details about the costs.
What is an acceptable cost-recovery charge for my activity to be included on the site?We aim to list only free activities or those which include an acceptable cost recovery. There is no maximum allowance as cost-recovery depends on the activity taking place. For example, an outdoors adventure activity that requires the hire of specialist equipment might have a higher cost-recovery rate but still not be profit making. Please do bear in mind that audience research shows that most users are looking for free or low-cost activities. Where there are any extra mandatory costs these must be detailed within the activity information and the activity must be listed as ‘paid’.
Can I hold an activity at a commercial venue?You can hold an activity at a commercial venue as long as costs associated with the venue are for the venue hire or entrance fee. If this venue charges an entrance fee but your activity itself is free, you must still select ‘paid’ in the activity details.
Why can't I promote fundraising activities?Unfortunately, where a fundraising or charity activity is not BBC-run it cannot be included in Things To Do. This is to ensure there is no unfair endorsement of a charity or initiative, as it would be impossible to maintain a consistent level of support for each and every worthwhile charity. In favour of this, the BBC chooses to support a small range of its own charities or partnerships.