Huge grant set to help disadvantaged children in Whitby

BBC Children in Need has announced that it has awarded a new grant totalling £77,165 to a project in Whitby working with disadvantaged children and young people.

Monday, 9th April 2018, 1:51 pm
Updated Monday, 9th April 2018, 1:56 pm
77,165 will benefit youngsters in the Whitby area.

InterActive Whitby & District has been awarded £77,165, over three years, to deliver fun weekend and holiday activities to disabled children and young people. The Starlets, Stars and Super Stars project will run different sessions for different age groups with each session tailored to the young people attending to encourage them to thrive in a stable and supportive environment, develop their confidence and self –esteem and encourage them to build lasting friendships.

The new funding will enable the project to provide services to young people in the area and the news means that the charity now has more than £1.1million invested across North Yorkshire. This is the first funding round of the year, with additional funding to be allocated to projects across the UK throughout 2018.

Helen Panconi, Administrator at InterActive Whitby & District said: “We have been funded by BBC Children in Need now for the past 10 years, and we are delighted and really grateful that our funding will continue. The new grant will enable us to continue making a positive difference to the children and young people that we work with in the Whitby and district area.”

Speaking of the new grant, Isabel Farnell Regional Head of the North at BBC Children in Need said: “It’s fantastic news that we have awarded new funding to InterActive Whitby & District. Over the coming months, they will work with disadvantaged children and young people in local communities to make a tangible and lasting difference to their lives.”

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 North Yorkshire, BBC Children in Need is currently funding 23 projects to a value of £1.1million.

BBC Children in Need awards grants at seven points during the year and funds two types of grants, 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, our 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 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.