COVID-19 Next Step Grants Programme

Children in Need has launched a new programme to fund sustained responses to the COVID-19 situation for organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people.

Grants of between £5,000 and £80,000 are available to help with more complex service adaption, including additional staffing requirements.

Priority will be given to organisations that

  • Target children and young people disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funder recognises that the current crisis increases pre-existing inequalities.
  • Have mission statements 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. The programme wants 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.

The deadline for applications is 1 July.

Find out more here.


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