Grants for organisations helping disadvantaged children and young people

by Alistair Dowlman, Reading Borough Council

BBC Children in Need have announced September deadlines for their grant programmes for groups supporting disadvantaged children and young people:

Small Grants Programme

Not for profit organisations such as such schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 through the BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme. The grants are available for projects that help children and young people experiencing illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties’ and / or living in situations of deprivation. Projects supported in the past include an organisation which received a grant of £9,996 to run holiday playschemes with trips and activities for young people living in low income areas.

Main Grant Programme

This is for grants over £10,000. Examples of projects that recently received funding include a school and community group which received a grant of £61,480 to provide an after school and holiday clubs to engage disadvantaged young people in physical and healthy living activity.

Details and how to apply are at and other funding opportunities can be found at

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