"The Big Night In" - where will the money go?

Comic Relief (and it's partners) and BBC Children in Need will be distributing funds to provide emergency support to vulnerable people effected by Covid-19.

Money raised by the “Big night in” (£27 million so far) will be shared equally between BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief  to provide essential support to a variety of charities and projects in the UK to help those most in need. This funding will not only provide vital emergency support to ensure vulnerable people of all ages are safe, warm and fed, but will also ensure that they are able to continue to learn, and stay connected in order to combat isolation and loneliness. Some funding will go to national charities and local front line organisations - information on the process will be available soon. The money raised will be matched by government, the first £20 million of which will be donated to the National Emergency Trust which will distribute funding to local groups through local Community Foundations https://www.bbc.co.uk/bignightin/faqs  

Comic Relief have made a statement about how it will distribute it’s share of the funds including an open programme for local groups to access funding for medium and long term support needed due to Covid-19, in the summer.  It is also working with some national charities who have thematic expertise and national reach and are working collaboratively to distribute funding to local community and grassroots groups across the UK at the forefront of this crisis: NHS Charities Together; Crisis, Rosa Women’s Fund, Buttle UK, Refugee Action and Migration Exchange, Age UK, Women’s Refuge Federations, British Red Cross, Mind, Fairshare and Homeless Link and Groundwork. Details at: https://www.comicrelief.com/the-big-night-in-how-you-are-helping  

BBC Children in Need continues to provide it’s funding Emergency Essentials programme to support children and young families facing exceptional circumstances (e.g. coronavirus and recent floods) providing items that meet a child’s most basic needs e.g. bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to child’s wellbeing, continues and will get a cash boost. A new grants programme will be announced within the next 2 weeks providing funding to support organisations to respond, adapt and innovate in response to the short, medium and longer-term impact of Covid-19. This programme will be available to current grantees and new applicants. Details at: https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/grants/  

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