What is the Christmas Challenge?

The Christmas Challenge, founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Alec Reed CBE, is the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign which helps UK-registered charities raise funds for their cause. It offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to have their donation doubled on theBigGive.org.uk when the campaign goes live on #GivingTuesday, 28th November 2017.

Since the Big Give launched the campaign in 2008, the Christmas Challenge has raised over £78 million for more than 2,800 charity projects.

Applications for the Christmas Challenge 2017 open on Monday 5th June 2017. To receive advice and top tips on applying to the campaign, register your charity’s interest by clicking the button below.


How does it work?

Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for the Christmas Challenge 2017, your charity must:

  • Be registered in the UK or have exempt status from HMRC (more information available in our Charity FAQs under ‘Registering on the Big Give’)
  • Be registered on theBigGive.org.uk (sign up for free). If your charity is already registered, please ensure that your contact details are up to date so you receive our email communications about the campaign
  • Have at least one year of filed accounts and an annual income of £25,000 or more (as per last filed accounts)

For more information, read the Christmas Challenge essential documents.

Key dates

  • Stage 1 Application: 5th June – 7th July (you must submit stage 1 by 7th July deadline to proceed)
  • Stage 2 Application (pledge collection): 5th June – 1st September
  • Notification: 18th September – 6th October
  • Christmas Challenge: 28th November – 5th December

Confirmed Champions (match funding sourced by the Big Give)

More to be added as and when confirmed – watch this space!

Champion NameProjects supportedRestrictions
Anonymous ChampionProjects/Charities working on human rights issues or with refugees and/or asylum seekers in UK or overseas.Will consider applications for unrestricted funding as well as those linked to specific projects
Candis Health and disability projects in UK.N/A
EthiopiaidSupporting projects which are reducing poverty in Ethiopia, specifically with women & girls; improving education; and/or working with vulnerable and marginalised groups e.g. the elderly, those with disabilities, those suffering with Noma and orphans and vulnerable children. N/A
Four Acre TrustSupporting projects working with children in UK by charities with a turnover up to £1,000,000.Will consider unrestricted funding
The Childhood TrustSupporting projects which alleviate the impact of poverty for disadvantaged children living in London in the following ways; meeting children's practical needs, supporting children's emotional needs and inspiring children with new experiences and opportunities.N/A
The Coles-Medlock FoundationInternational-focussed charities, especially those working in the area of sustainable development (particularly sustainable agriculture, education (4-14), infrastructure development, financial independence and healthcare) in poorer countries around the world.Will not consider applications for unrestricted/ core cost funding
The Hospital Saturday FundHealth related projects: hospitals, hospices and medical clinics, medical capital projects, medical care or research and in support of medical training in UK and Ireland.Will consider funding core cost projects. Will provide a maximum of £10,000 Champion funding per charity
The Lake House Charitable FoundationProjects which support and care for sick and disadvantaged children and young people as well as the elderly in UK.Will not consider applications for unrestricted/ core cost funding
The Reed Foundation (Arts & Culture)Supporting performing arts & cultural projects.N/A
The Reed Foundation (Environment & Animals)Supporting projects focussed on the environment and improving animal welfare.N/A
The Reed Foundation (International)Supporting humanitarian and development projects in developing countries.N/A
The Reed Foundation (UK)Supporting projects which are focussed on improving the lives and wellbeing of people in UK.N/A
Wales Match Fund (Lottery Funded)Supporting projects working to improve the welfare of people in Wales.N/A

How to apply

Applications open from 5th June via the charity account areas (log in / sign up).

Register your interest for the Christmas Challenge 2017 to receive key information on how to apply: