BBC Children in Need, Curiosity fund round 2, deadline 12 April 2019 (11.59

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The Curiosity fund is a one-off grants programme from BBC Children in Need in partnership with Wellcome.

"Through Curiosity we want to make a difference for children and young people, in line with the ways that BBC Children in Need seeks to improve children’s lives. These differences should happen by improving access to, engagement with and understanding of science."

The Curiosity fund will support new projects that make a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. Disadvantage is defined as:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  • Any kind of disability
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

New projects are defined as "organisations who are using science for the first time in their delivery, or are adapting or extending their existing practice. For example, using science in a different way from previous projects or working with a new group of children and young people."

Grants available:

  • Small grants of up to £10,000 a year for up to three years
  • Large grants or up to £40,000 a year for up to three years

Success rates

"Curiosity is a one-off scheme and this is the last round of funding, so we expect it to be highly competitive. For our first round, we received 183 applications and made 32 grants."

The funder expects to make no more than 35 small grants, and no more than 15 large grants in total in this final round.


Before you apply, you must email to discuss your project.

Please read the guidance and find out how to apply - there are also minimum standards that your organisation will need to meet.


The funder is holding events for potential applicants. The nearest event for organisations in Bradford district is in Salford at Quay House, MediaCity UK on 18 February 2019. Please email if you would like to attend.


Published: 30/01/2019
Audience: Head Teachers, Governors, Business Managers, Science Teachers etc.
Contact: Lee AnneSagar

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