Local Tunbridge Wells project awarded grant from BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need has announced that it has awarded a new grant totalling £29,997 to a local project working with disadvantaged children and young people in Tunbridge Wells. The grant has been allocated through the charity’s Small Grants Programme.

The new funding will enable the project to provide services to young people in the area and means that the charity now has £69,406 invested locally. This is the second funding allocation of the year, with additional funding to be allocated to projects across the UK throughout 2019.

Stopgap Dance Company has been awarded a three year grant of £29,997 to provide dance classes. Funding will provide an opportunity for children and young people to engage with their peers, improve their teamwork skills and be more physically active.

Vicki Balaam, founder of Stopgap Dance commented: ‘Funding from BBC Children in Need means so much to us and we are delighted to receive it. Funding will allow us to provide opportunities for children and young people who love dance and wish to participate in classes.’

Speaking of the new grants, Clare Cannock, regional head of South at BBC Children in Need said: ‘We are so pleased projects like these are able to benefit from our small grants programme and make a difference in the local community. The generosity of the British public allows us to make these grants possible and make a positive impact to the lives of children and young people.’

BBC Children in Need’s chief executive, Simon Antrobus, added: ‘Thanks to our generous supporters, our Small Grants programme can and does make a significant and lasting impact on young lives. Each project will go on to make a positive and lasting difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the heart of local communities up and down the UK, so thank you for making these grants possible.’

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. The Main Grants Programme is for awards 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.

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.

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