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Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

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Family Fund - BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme


BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances, and is delivered by Family Fund Business Services. The programme provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to a child’s wellbeing.

Eligible organisations can apply for a grant on behalf of the children they support. When applying on behalf of a child or young person, referrers must ensure that all possible statutory funding has been explored and exhausted before making an application to the Emergency Essentials Programme.

The programme awards grants for critical household items, typically:

  • Cookers
  • Fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers
  • Washing machines and tumble dryers
  • Children’s beds and bedding
  • Kitchen equipment and small appliances
  • Furniture
  • Clothing
  • Baby equipment

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Geographical areas funded: UK

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Who can apply

If you work for an organisation that supports families, children or young people and are capable of assessing their needs, you can register to become an approved referrer for the Emergency Essentials Programme.

Applications must be made by registered referrers on behalf of families, children or young people who have exhausted all other statutory funding.

When to apply

Applications can be made at any time.

How to apply

Register as a referrer on the Fund website. Once registered, you can complete and submit the online application to refer a child or family.

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Activites funded: Housing & shelter Social care & welfare

Beneficiaries funded: Children Families

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