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Emergency Essentials

Our Emergency Essentials programme supports individual children and young people living with severe poverty, a lack of the basic facilities which most of us take for granted and additional pressures such as domestic violence, disability or poor health in the family.

The programme provides items that meet children’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to give them a hot meal, clothing (in a crisis) and other items and services that are critical to children’s wellbeing.

This short film, produced for the appeal last year, helps illustrate the importance and impact of our Emergency Essentials Programme.

The programme is now being delivered by Family Fund Business services on our behalf. It is a referrer only programme and applications can only be made by registered referrers, able to reach families who need the programme most. You can find out more, and how to register as a referral agency on their website.

In response to increased demand for essential goods from families living with severe financial, health and social difficulties which affect children’s wellbeing, BBC Children in Need is increasing its commitment to Emergency Essentials, spending £3.0m for the year to June 2019.

Information on how to apply to the new programme, or how to sign up to become a referral partner, will be announced in June.

If you are looking for a grant for any amount up to £10,000 for one year please see our Small Grants programme.

If you are looking for a grant for more than £10,000 please see our Main Grants programme.