Opportunities for Charity Appeals on BBC Radio 4 and BBC One Lifeline

Charity Appeals on BBC Radio 4 and BBC One Lifeline

Charity Appeals – The BBC offers charities the opportunity to have their appeals broadcast on BBC Radio 4 or BBC One Lifeline, reaching audiences across the UK. These appeals showcase the diverse range of work that charities undertake to benefit people and the planet, both domestically and internationally.

The BBC’s objective is to support a wide range of UK charities in raising vital funds and increasing awareness of their initiatives. To determine if your charity is eligible to apply for a BBC Radio 4 or BBC One Lifeline appeal, certain criteria must be met:

  • Your charity must be registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), or the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.
  • If your charity operates within the UK, its work must benefit more than one of the following: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Preference is given to charities with a UK-wide scope and significance.
  • If your charity’s work is international, you must demonstrate a national impact across one or more low or middle-income countries.
  • At least three years must have passed since your charity’s last broadcast of a Radio 4 or Lifeline appeal.
  • At least one year must have passed since any unsuccessful application for a Radio 4 or Lifeline appeal.

If your charity meets these eligibility requirements and wishes to apply for charity  appeal, please email the BBC Charity Appeals Unit with the following information:

  • The name of your charity
  • Your charity registration number
  • Contact details (name, email address, and telephone number) of the person responsible for completing the application form

Application deadlines and transmission dates for upcoming appeals are as follows:

  • Application deadline: 13 May 2024 by 23:59
    Transmission dates: 4 May 2025 – 27 July 2025
  • Application deadline: 2 September 2024 by 23:59
    Transmission dates: 3 August 2025 – 26 October 2025
  • Application deadline: 4 December 2024 by 23:59
    Transmission dates: 2 November 2025 – 25 January 2026

For further information and to access the application form, please visit the BBC Charity Appeals website.

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