Local Cardiff project awarded over £120,000 in funding


BBC Children in Need has announced that it has awarded this to a project aimed at working with disadvantaged children


The new funding will enable projects to provide services to young people in the area and the news means that the charity now has more than £1.2m invested in Cardiff. This is the first funding round of the year, with additional funding to be allocated to projects across the UK throughout 2018. 

Pentrebane Zone will use a grant of over £120,000 to provide youth club activities for children and young people living locally.  The children and young people will have the opportunity to get involved in activities such as community gardening, woodwork, planting public fruit gardens across the community, recycling plastic into new things, films, arts and crafts all of which will aim to help the children and young people develop skills, awareness and self-belief.

In addition, the youth club will help the children and young people feel like an important part of their community where they can develop and lead on community improvement projects. Through attending the three year project the children and young people will be positively empowered to make choices, have an increased sense of safety, and increase their confidence.

Sam Holt at Pentrebane Zone, commented: “The new funding from BBC Children in Need will allow us to employ youth and community workers and sessional staff as well as cover costs such as equipment, trips and activities which will all go towards helping local children and young people, find their passions, develop opportunities and explore their potential.”

Speaking of the new grant, Jemma Wray, National Head of Wales at BBC Children in Need said: “It is always so rewarding to be able to put the public’s donations to work across Wales. I’m delighted that we are able to offer grant funding to such impactful projects such as Pentrebane Zone to support children and young people across Cardiff.”

BBC Children in Need’s Chief Executive, Simon Antrobus added: “A huge thank you to our generous supporters – it’s wonderful to be able to award this new funding to projects working with disadvantaged children and young people in local communities right across the UK. The money so generously donated makes it possible for us to fund much needed projects like these, making a positive difference to young lives.”

Across Wales, BBC Children in Need is currently funding 166 projects to a value of over £10m.

BBC Children in Need awards grants at seven points during the year and funds two types, both of which are open to new or existing applicants. A Main Grants Programme is for grants over £10,000 per year to support projects for up to three years. Meanwhile, the Small Grants Programme supports projects for up to three years, and includes grants up to and including £10,000 per year. Both of these programmes are currently open to applications.

Running alongside the main and small grants programmes this year is Curiosity, a new partnership with Wellcome, which awards grants to organisations using inspiring science activities to create change for disadvantaged children and young people. Applications will reopen to the programme in autumn 2018.

To find out more about any of BBC Children in Need’s grant programmes or for information on how to apply for funding visit bbc.co.uk/pudsey/grants

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 £950 million for children and young people facing disadvantage across the UK.