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If you would like to apply for a BBC Radio 4 or BBC One Lifeline Appeal, please email the BBC Charity Appeals Unit telling us:

  • Name of your charity
  • Your Charity Registration number (you must be registered with the UK Charity Commission to be eligible)
  • Name of charity contact (email + phone no.) i.e. the person who is going to fill out the application form

                                                                          Our new system is now live 

If your charity currently has an application in draft on our old platform, you will need to register for the new Charity Box system. 

Deadlines for submitting an application:

Application DeadlineTransmission Dates
23.59 9th Sept 2019 2 Aug 2020 - 25 Oct 2020
23.59  9 Dec 2019 1 Nov 2020 - 31 Jan 2021 
23.59 16 Mar 2020  7 Feb 2021 - 25 Apr 2021
23.59 18 May 2020 2 May 2021 - 25 Jul 2021
23.59 7 Sept 2020 1 Aug 2021 - 31 Oct 2021

You will be informed of whether you are successful approximately 3 months after the deadline date. Please note you must meet the criteria in order to be eligible for an appeal. A BBC appeal cannot support:         

  • Animal Welfare
  • Restoration or repair of buildings, new building or extension work
  • Religious organisations that are seeking to proselytise or whose beneficiaries are of a particular faith
  • Fund or charities which exist to maintain or establish physical memorials
  • Benefits provided by trade or professional organisations' benevolent fund which are unavailable to the general public
  • Activities where donations would replace funding or services normally provided by central government and local authorities
  • Local charities that operate within limited geographical areas
  • Charities that are members of the Disasters Emergency Committee


Do you meet the criteria?

charityappeals-tick.jpgYou are registered with the Charity Commission

charityappeals-tick.jpg 3 years have passed since you had a BBC broadcast appeal

charityappeals-tick.jpgYour work has UK-wide or international scope and/or significance

charityappeals-tick.jpgYou can provide two sets of audited or independently examined accounts

charityappeals-tick.jpgYou have up to date management accounts within a 3 month period

charityappeals-tick.jpgYou have waited 2 years since your last unsuccessful application  


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