BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials

What we help with

The programme awards grants for essential household items, typically:

  • Cookers
  • Fridge freezers
  • Washing machines and tumble dryers
  • Children’s beds and bedding (including cots)
  • Kitchen equipment and small appliances
  • Furniture
  • Clothing and shoes
  • Baby equipment
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Microwaves
  • Curtains


  • Before an application can be considered, the referrer and the applicant must have exhausted all possible support from public funds before making an application to Emergency Essentials
  • Child or young person’s family are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances or crisis

Access Criteria

  • Age: Children and young people age 17 and under
  • One Application in 12 months: We can only award one application per child in a 12 month period
  • Residency: The main parent/carer (applicant) must be a UK or EU citizen who is normally resident in the UK, have leave to remain or refugee status (Discretion may be given where residential status is not consistent across the family unit)
  • Income criteria: Experiencing poverty or destitution, or are in receipt of certain means-tested benefits (Income support, Income-based JSA, Income-related ESA, Any Housing element /HB, UC where earned income is below £7,400)
  • Other sources of public or statutory funding: The referrer must have explored other public/statutory funding before applying


Experiencing a crisis or emergency outside of a vulnerable child,
young person and their families’ control.

Some examples of the circumstances or situation that may be
considered as a vulnerability:

  • Domestic abuse
  • Alcohol or substance misuse
  • Estrangement or abandonment
  • Disability, serious or chronic illness
  • Mental health or behavioural difficulties
  • Abuse or neglect
  • Family member of household is in prison
  • Homelessness/unsettled way of life
  • Trafficking or exploitation/gang involvement

Grant Application

  • Application assessment takes between 5-7 working days. An email will be sent to the referrer advising them of the outcome and any next steps

For further information regarding the grant funding, please email