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Curiosity: how to apply

You can find the curiosity application form here.

You must read our minimum standards for grant making to help you assess whether your organisation is eligible to apply for a Curiosity grant. If you do not meet these we will be unable to progress your application.

Timescales and decision-making process

Application deadline

The closing date for applications will be 11:59 pm on the 12 April 2019.

Assessment telephone calls

A joint BBC Children in Need and Wellcome panel will decide which applications to invite to a phone-based assessment. You will receive this decision by the 5 June 2019 and assessment calls will take place between 5 June and the 3 July 2019.

Final decision

Applications will then be assessed by BBC Children in Need grant makers before a final decision is made by a joint BBC Children in Need and Wellcome board.

Decisions will be communicated by early September 2019.

Things we won’t fund

Curiosity will not consider grants for

  • Work that statutory bodies (such as schools or local authorities) have a duty to fund
  • Local government or NHS bodies
  • Building projects
  • Projects which promote religion
  • Trips or projects abroad
  • Medical treatment or research
  • Pregnancy testing or advice, information or counselling on pregnancy choices
  • Awareness-raising work, except where it is targeted at those children or young people most at risk
  • Bursaries, sponsored places, fees or equivalent
  • Family holidays where there is little or no project involvement
  • Political activity and we can't give grants to party political organisations or for direct lobbying
  • Individuals
  • Funds which will be passed on to other organisations, for example, PTAs applying on behalf of schools
  • General appeals or endowment funds
  • Help with budget shortfalls or debt repayments
  • Projects where the grant expenditure is due to start before the grant award date (retrospective funding)
  • Projects unable to start within 12 months of the grant award date
  • Unspecified expenditure
  • Organisational overheads or running costs which the organisation would incur whether the project was running or not. (Although we will consider funding support costs incurred as a direct result of running the project)

It is very important that you refer to our online A to Z Guidance to make sure you don’t waste time applying for things we don’t fund and that you meet our Curiosity Minimum Standards.


What do you mean by ‘new’ projects?

We want to make grants to organisations who are using science for the first time in their delivery, or are adapting or extending their existing practice. For example, using science in a different way from previous projects or working with a new group of children and young people. Applications for repeating projects with minimal adaptation, or small additions or extensions of existing projects are unlikely to be as competitive as new projects.

Projects that have already been funded through Round One Curiosity funding will be considered new.

Can I apply if I already have a grant with BBC Children in Need or Wellcome?

Your status as a grant holder with BBC CiN or Wellcome will not affect your eligibility to apply. However, you will need to make sure that your Curiosity project is working with a different group of children and young people than any of your current grants.

Do I need to attach anything to my application form?

Yes. If you are applying for a small grant, please attach a copy of your Accounts. For large grant applications, please attach a copy of your Accounts plus a completed Project Budget Form which you can find on the application portal. Accounts for all applications should cover a 12 month period, be no older than 18 months and must also be signed by your Chair or Treasurer.

Please take care when completing and attaching the above documents. We will not assess applications with missing information. See our BBC Children in Need Application FAQs for guidance on how to attach documents and for answers to other questions you may have about the application process.