BBC Children in Need

Upcoming funding programmes

BBC Children in Need is intending to run some additional, thematic programmes in 2021, starting with a Youth Social Action Fund which we will launch in early 2021.


Programme  Programme Area  Programme Deadline* Decisions Communicated Location
Small & Main Grants Programme (November 2020) Broad-based funding (3 years) 21st December 2020 April 2021 UK wide
Small & Main Grants Programme (April 2021) Broad-based funding (3 years) March 2021 (TBC) July 2021 UK wide

For information about our grants for individuals, please see our Emergency Essentials programme.  

Grants – BBC Children in Need


The North Highland Initiative’s Community Support Fund

The North Highland Initiative’s Community Support Fund is still open. the programme has been set up to provide grants of up to £1,000 for small initiatives in the education, conservation, and community service and support sectors in Caithness, Sutherland and Ross & Cromarty. Given the current crisis, and for the forseeable future, applicants for the Community Support Programme must be able to demonstrate that their project has been established as a direct result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Priority will be given to those initiatives where Government support packages are unable to help, and those ineligible for emergency grants. The maximum grant is £1,000. To find out more go to

Level One Restrictions

Here’s what life under level one restrictions would look like.

Under level one rules no in-home socialising is permitted, with limited exceptions. Groups of six from a maximum of two households are able to gather in indoor and outdoor public settings. According to the Scottish government different rules will apply to children, though these have not yet been specified.

The sale of food and alcohol is permitted in indoor and outdoor venues, though a 10.30pm curfew is in place for all hospitality settings.

Hotels, B&Bs, self-catering, caravan and camp sites are allowed to operate under these restrictions so long as socialising and hospitality rules are adhered to.

Those living in a level one setting are advised against non-essential travel to/from level 3 or higher areas in Scotland and equivalents in the rest of the UK, with limited exceptions.

Car sharing should be avoided where possible while face coverings are compulsory on public transport. Close contact services such as hairdressers and barbers will be allowed to operate in level one. Mobile close contact services can also operate at this level.

In level one stadia can reopen with restricted numbers and small events in indoor settings can take place. Outdoor events with restricted numbers can also take place. Weddings, and civil partnerships and funerals are all subject to 20 person limits. All sports and exercise is permitted with the exception of indoor contact sports

Small Lotteries Guidance

Small lotteries guidance confirms that virtual tickets can be sold –Lotteries may involve the issuing of physical or virtual tickets to participants (a virtual ticket being non-physical, for example in the form of an email or text message). The purchaser of a small society lottery ticket must receive a document which identifies:

  • the name of the promoting society;
  • the price of the ticket (must be the same for all tickets);
  • the name and address of the member of the society who is designated as having responsibility at the society for promoting small lotteries, or (if there is one) the external lottery manager; and
  • either the date of the draw, or enables the date to be determined.

The guidance above speaks about email or text message, I would safely assume that a facebook message would also be fine.  You will still need a licence that CVG can provide if you are selling tickets before the event, for further info on when a lotteries licence is required see below.  Hope this helps but please get in touch if there are any questions. or

Robertson Trust

Robertson Trust is now open for applications. The funds available are:

Wee Grants

For constituted community groups and charities with an annual income of less than £25,000

  • Funding of up to £2,000 for one year only
  • Could cover revenue* or capital costs to support your work.

Small Grants

  • Revenue funding* of between £2,000 and £15,000 for up to five years
  • Unrestricted or restricted* funding
  • Can include the costs of equipment to support your work.

Large Grants

For registered charities with an annual income of between £100,000 and £2 million

  • Revenue funding* of between £15,000 and £50,000 for up to five years
  • Unrestricted or restricted funding*
  • Can include the costs of equipment to support your work.

Community Vehicle Grants

Annual income of between £25,000 and £2 million, Funding of up to £10,000 for a vehicle to support your work.

Community Building Grants

  • For registered charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £2 million
  • Capital funding of up to £75,000 towards ‘community hubs’.

Revenue funding is used to cover the costs of providing day-to-day services. We can provide revenue funding in two ways:
Unrestricted: can be spent on annual running costs of your organisation, such as salaries, heating, lighting, services, consumables and small items of equipment.
Restricted funding: can only be used for a specific project, activity or designated purpose, as applied for or designated by us.For full guidance go to