Posted June 11, 2024



BBC Children in Need Emergency Essential Programme Reopens for Applications

This programme, delivered by Family Fund Business Services, supports children and young people up to and including the age of 17 who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances with items that meets their most basic needs.

Applications must be completed by a registered referrer who is part of an organisation that is supporting the family or young person and capable of assessing their needs. The referrer’s organisation should also be able to administer and supervise the grant on their behalf.

The programme can deliver or fund critical items 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 for an emergency/crisis

The support is for children and young people under 18 years of age, who are UK or EU citizens normally resident in the UK, and whose family does not have access to support and insufficient resources to meet the child’s needs.

Consideration may be given where a child or young person, or their family, have an asylum application under assessment or in circumstances where residency criteria is not consistent across the family unit.

There are no deadlines. Applications are processed usually within 10 working days.

Further details can be found here: Family Fund Business Services (FFBS) | Grant administration. Made simple. (

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