Referrer Registration

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme is a referrer only scheme and applications can only be made by an approved referrer.

If you work for an organisation that supports families, children and young people and are capable of assessing their needs, you can register to become a referrer before you making an application.

Your organisation should also be able to administer and supervise the grant on our behalf.

Family Fund Business Services has to work within specific criteria whilst aiming to provide a flexible grant programme to assist those most in need. Please read our guidelines before making a registration application.

Read our Emergency Essentials Referrer Guidelines.


For more information, please call 01904 550011 between 9.30am and 3.00pm, Monday to Friday, or email

No new registrations in the North and Central regions

Due to exceptionally high demand for Emergency Essentials grants, we are temporarily unable to accept new registrations applications in the North and Central regions of England.

We are inviting potential new referrers to sign up to our waiting list, you can contact us via email at and the Partnerships team will be in contact as soon as the Programme can re-open to new registrations. Thank you for your support and understanding during these unprecedented times.

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