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'Curiosity' provides funding for organisations who want to run exciting and engaging science activities aimed at disadvantaged children and young people.

It is a partnership between BBC Children in Need(opens in a new tab) and Wellcome.

Up to £10,000 a year for a small award. Up to £40,000 a year for a large award. Projects can last up to 3 years.

You can apply if your organisation wants to use engaging science activities to make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people affected by disadvantage in the UK. 

Working and thinking in scientific ways can help them gain confidence and develop life skills, and spark their curiosity in science. 

Your organisation must meet BBC Children in Need’s minimum standards on governance, finance and safeguarding.

You don’t need to have a background in delivering science activities.

Your proposal

To be eligible, you must propose to do one or more of the following: 

  • deliver science activities for the first time
  • significantly adapt the activities you’ve delivered before, based on what you (or others) have learnt
  • work with a new group of children and young people.  

We’re looking for science activities that encourage participation. Activities should be inclusive and accommodate diverse needs. 

Examples of activities include (but are not limited to):  

  • exploring local wildlife 
  • running a code club 
  • investigating how sport affects the body 
  • taking apart – and then reassembling – everyday objects to see how they work.

The activities should reduce the effects of disadvantage(opens in a new tab) that certain groups of children and young people experience. 

We will review how you’ll evaluate the outcomes and impacts of your project. We expect you to share what you’ve learnt with others.

If you’re applying for a large award, you must show how you’ll develop expertise within and beyond your organisation, for example by working in partnership with other youth organisations and/or the informal science sector.  
More information about eligibility and suitability and the application is available on the BBC Children in Need website(opens in a new tab).