The Next Steps programme will open for applications from 10 June 2020.
The Next Steps programme is our response programme designed to deliver support for children and young people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible organisations will be able to apply for between £5,000 and £80,000 for work commencing in September 2020. These grants can last up to 18 months. It is designed for established organisations who are already delivering work in their communities and further afield.
Who can apply?
The Next Steps programme will be for not-for-profit organisations within the UK who meet our Minimum Standards for Grantmaking. Your organisation must be registered with the appropriate regulatory body, such as your nation’s Charity Commission or Companies House (unless your organisation currently holds a BBC Children in Need grant).
We will not be accepting applications from educational institutions (including schools), prisons, hospitals or other statutory bodies.
Is this the right fund for your organisation?
These grants are designed to fund sustained responses to the COVID-19 situation. These projects can last up to 18 months and begin in September 2020. The fund will help organisations with more complex service adaption, including additional staffing requirements. It is designed to be as flexible as possible, covering a wide range of activities.
We expect a high level of interest in this programme. We will prioritise applications from organisations that:
- Target children and young people disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (see below). We recognise that the current crisis increases pre-existing inequalities.
- Have mission statements, objects, or aims which focus on supporting and empowering a particular group or community experiencing disadvantage.
- Respond confidently in a local area and are best placed to do so. We want to fund organisations that have the reach and trust of the communities/communities of interest they serve.
- Can prove a track record of engaging disadvantaged children and young people over the last two years.
- BBC Children in Need targets children and young people aged 0-18 years impacted by disadvantage including illness; distress; abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.
Through our research team, we have identified particular cohorts of children and young people particularly impacted by the coronavirus crisis.
Please note: Subject to a successful Minimum Standards check, applicants will be asked to discuss and review their proposal with a BBC Children in Need assessor. Applicants must be available between 13th and 31st July for this assessment. As we want funding to reach children and young people as soon as possible, we cannot extend this assessment period.
What can we apply for?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have temporarily broadened the types of applications we will accept. We encourage applications for:
- Project delivery
- Creative solutions to deliver much-needed services
- Organisational stability and support.
All applications will have to show how this funding will make a difference to children and young people’s lives during this crisis.
Your application does not have to be limited to one specific project and a request can be made for organisational running costs.
How much can I apply for?
Eligible organisations will be able to apply for up to £80,000, however, we expect most awards to be less than this and proportional to the size and capacity of the organisation. Please only ask for what you need to support children and young people at this time.
How do we apply?
All applications must be submitted online via our Online Portal. Once you have logged in, you will be able to complete and submit your application for the COVID-19 Next Steps grants programme.
Before applying, we strongly recommend you read our COVID-19 Next Steps Grant Application Form Guidance
The deadline for this programme is 1 July 2020. We expect that this fund will be over-subscribed and only a proportion of applications will be successful. We also know that you need funding quickly.
We will assess applications in the order we receive them and track demand closely. We may need to take steps to help us manage the number of applications we receive and will keep you updated on this.
When will we hear back?
We expect to make all decisions within ten weeks of the application submission.
As a new fund, it is difficult for us to know exactly how many applications we will receive. We will get in touch with applicants if we need additional time.
If your application is successful you will receive an email informing you of the decision. This email will give you more information on what happens next and the terms and conditions of your grant. There may be some additional conditions on your grant:
Changes that need to be made or things you will have to tell us before we can award you the funds.
We expect all organisations to start spending their grant by 30th September 2020.