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Support for Children Living in Severe Poverty (UK)

Grants are available to support children and young people living in severe poverty across the UK. 

The grants which are made available through the BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials programme supports families with children up to the age of 17 who are living with financial, health and social difficulties, by providing items that meet children’s most basic needs such as:

  • cookers
  • furniture
  • kitchen equipment and small appliances
  • children’s beds and bedding (including cots)
  • washing machines and tumble dryers
  • fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers
  • baby equipment
  • clothing

Applications must come through a registered referral agency that is supporting the family or young person.

The programme is delivered by Family Fund Business Services.

There is now a tiered strategy in place to ensure the programme can achieve longevity and reach underrepresented areas. Each region or nation has a tier allocation, which may be subject to change, as the current funding year progresses.

It is recommend that applicants read our tiered strategy guidance for referrers, to check for any changes to this tier allocation before making an application.

The aim is to process applications within 10 working days.

Applications can be made at any time.


Useful Links:

Guidelines for Referrers





20th October 2023