BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials programme – funding for individuals, rolling funding

Article date
21 December 2020
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

The BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances, and is delivered by Family Fund Business Services. The programme provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to a child’s wellbeing.

All applications must be made by a registered referrer. The professional will need to be capable of making an assessment of need, supervise the grant to ensure it is fully spent to meet the needs of the child/children or young person and commit to provide case studies and impact assessments about the grants awarded.

The programme accepts applications on behalf of children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances or who are also in crisis; are living in severe poverty and suffering deprivation as a result, and who are affected by additional social issues such as domestic abuse, substance misuse, estrangement, disability or serious illness, mental health or behavioural difficulties, abuse or neglect.

Please note that the BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme can no longer award grants for laptops, iPads and toys and games. The temporary funding for these items has now been fully allocated.

Who can they help?
  • Vulnerable children and young people up to the age of 18 who are experiencing a crisis or emergency.
  • UK or EU citizens who are normally resident in the UK.
  • Only one application can be accepted per household within a 12 month period.
What can they help with?

The programme awards grants for critical household items, typically:

  • Cookers
  • Fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers
  • Washing machines and tumble dryers
  • Children’s beds and bedding (including cots)
  • Kitchen equipment and small appliances
  • Furniture
  • Clothing
  • Baby equipment
Is there a deadline?

Online applications can be submitted at any time.

Make an application

Read more and make an application.