I’m really sad to share the news that from September we will no longer be administering the BBC Children in Need small grants scheme.
EVOT has been working with BBC Children in Need for nearly 25 years, and we’ve helped around 60,000 families in Edinburgh during that time. Over those years I’ve worked with many good colleagues – health visitors, social workers and agencies – who depend on the Children in Need funds to assist families with basic necessary items for their children.
Much to our disappointment, the administration of the Children in Need money will be moving to the Buttle UK Trust in Glasgow from September 2012. This is part of an overall move by BBC Children in Need to centralise the administration of the fund across Scotland. So the fund itself is not disappearing, but the application process for it will be changing.
EVOT will still be accepting individual grant applications (the next funding round begins 1st October) but there will be less money for us to use in our awards.
We hope that this change of process will go smoothly for all concerned and we will keep you informed of any other developments in due course. Meanwhile, please familiarise yourself with the Buttle UK Trust. For further information you may contact Anne Marie Peffer, Casework Manager, on email@example.com with ‘request’ in the subject line. Alternatively, you can download an application form at their website and send it by post (together with a full supporting statement) to PO Box 5075, Glasgow, G78 4WA.
As the grant administrator of BBC Children in Need over these many years, I’d like to say thank you to all those with whom I’ve worked to help improve the lives of children in Edinburgh.