Funding brief: The BBC has two regular broadcast appeals – The Radio 4 Appeal and BBC One Lifeline Appeal. Every year 60 charities are selected to receive one of these appeals.
Charities must register to access an online application form, which will be assessed by an external assessor and the Appeals Advisory Committee.
Radio 4 Appeal: The Radio 4 Appeal is a weekly 3 minute programme highlighting the work of a charity and appealing for donations to support its activities. The appeal aims to provide an opportunity for raising money and awareness to a variety of charities. The appeal is a fantastic way for a charity to engage with the BBC’s audience.
There are 49 such appeals broadcast on Radio 4 each year, and in 2016/17 they raised over £898,827.
Lifeline: Lifeline is a monthly 10 minute programme broadcast on BBC One highlighting the work of a charity and appealing for donations to support its activities. The appeal aims to provide an opportunity for raising money and awareness to a variety of charities. The appeal is a fantastic way for a charity to engage with the BBC’s audience.
There are 11 Lifeline Appeals each year and in 2016/17 they raised over £284,480
Please note that an appeal cannot support:
● Animal welfare;
● Restoration or repair of buildings, new building or extension work;
● Religious organizations that are seeking to proselytise or whose beneficiaries are of a particular faith;
● Funds or charities which exist to maintain or establish physical memorials;
● Benefits provided by trade or professional organizations benevolent fund;
● Activities where donations would replace funding or services normally provided by central government and local authorities;
● Local charities that operate within limited geographical areas;
● Charities that are members of the Disasters Emergency Committee The BBC has requirements for impartiality in relation to what it broadcasts and it cannot broadcast an appeal connected to political activities. If you are involved in campaigning work on an issue of current public or political controversy, the BBC and the Appeals Advisory Committee will need to be satisfied that this does not give rise to concerns. They will need to be sure that an appeal can be framed within the BBC’s requirements for due impartiality in its output. This applies particularly where the charity has a high media profile in relation to a current debate.
Donor Name: BBC
Funding name: The Radio 4 Appeal, BBC One Lifeline Appeal
|Application Deadline||Transmission Dates|
|11.59 pm 10 Dec 2018||3 Nov 2019 – 26 Jan 2020|
|11.59 pm 18 Mar 2019||2 Feb 2020 – 26 Apr 2020|
|11.59 pm 20 May 2019||3 May 2020 – 26 Jul 2020|
|11.59 pm 9 Sept 2019||2 Aug 2020 – 25 Oct 2020|
|11.59 pm 9 Dec 2019||1 Nov 2020 – 31 Jan 2021|
Funding details link: Click to view
Funding limit: The amount of public donations received varies significantly and is difficult to predict. On average charities raise between £5,000 and £20,000. On occasion charities manage to raise £50,000 or attract attention from a major donor / funder but this is generally the result of the extra efforts exerted by the charity rather than a direct result of the broadcast appeal itself. Equally, some charities may raise less than £5,000.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
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Eligible organization: As below
● You are registered with the Charity Commission
● 3 years have passed since you had a BBC broadcast appeal
● Your work has UK-wide or international scope and/or significance
● You can provide two sets of audited or independently examined accounts
● You have up to date management accounts within a 3 month period
● You have waited 2 years since your last unsuccessful application
Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)
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Other important link:
● Apply: Click to view
● Guideline: Click to view
● Form (Proposal- Completed cashflow example): Click to view
● Form (Budget-Cashflow): Click to view
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● FAQ: Click to view
How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).
You must submit the following documents together with the completed application form:
● A copy of your most recent published Annual Report.
● A signed copy of your most recent published audited or independently examined accounts and balance sheet.
● A completed 18 month cash flow (template available here)
● Management accounts to cover the period from the last published accounts to within a three month period of the date of this application. This information should detail income, expenditure and any significant change in assets or reserves balance sheet and should also be signed by the Chair of Trustees or CEO.
● If you are a new charity, please provide audited accounts filed and accepted by the Charity Commission for two consecutive financial years.
● Evidence of charitable status: A copy of Certificate of Registration with the Charity Commission or print-out from the Charity Commission’s website.
● A copy of your diversity statement.
● A copy of your data protection policy.
● A copy of your child protection policy, if relevant.
● A copy of your vulnerable adult policy, if relevant.
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