BBC Children in Need has announced that it has awarded a new grant of £28,846 to a local project working with disadvantaged children and young people in West Cumbria. The grant has been allocated through the charity’s Small Grants Programme.
The new funding will enable projects to provide services to young people in the area and means that BBC Children in Need currently has more than £2.7 million invested across the region. This is the third funding allocation of the year, with additional funding to be allocated to projects across the UK throughout 2019.
Cumbria Family Support will use the grant, over three years, to deliver home-based support to young people in West Cumbria who are facing various disadvantages, such as isolation and limited support at home. The programme will help to empower young people to make informed decisions and encourage stronger family relationships which will lead to improved confidence and self-esteem.
Pam Hutton at Cumbria Family Support said: “We’re really pleased to hear that we have been awarded this new funding from BBC Children in Need which will enable us to support young people and their families for the next three years. Thank you to everyone that has made this possible.”
Speaking of the new grant, Elizabeth Myers, Regional Head of the North at BBC Children in Need said: “We’re delighted to be funding Cumbria Family Support in Penrith, and look forward to seeing the positive difference and lasting impact that these projects will have on young people living in the community in the coming months and years.”
BBC Children in Need’s Chief Executive, Simon Antrobus added: “Our Small Grants programme is a great example of small sums of money delivering a big impact on a local level, and we’re delighted to award funding to projects like this as they work to make a lasting impact on young lives. A big thank you must go to our supporters, who – thanks to their incredible generosity, imagination and commitment – make grants like this possible.”
Across Cumbria, BBC Children in Need is currently funding 39 projects to a value of £2.7million.
BBC Children in Need currently awards grants at six points during the year and funds two types of grants, both of which are open to new or existing applicants. Our Main Grants Programme is for grants over £10,000 per year to support projects for up to three years. Meanwhile, our Small Grants Programme supports projects for up to three years, and includes grants up to and including £10,000 per year.
BBC Children in Need relies on the generosity and creativity of the thousands of supporters and fundraisers who raise millions of pounds for the charity every year. To date the UK public has raised over £1 billion for children and young people facing disadvantage across the UK.