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, helping 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 during the week of the campaign. Since the Big Give launched the campaign in 2008, the Christmas Challenge has raised over £90 million for thousands of charity projects.


The Christmas Challenge 2018 will run from midday #GivingTuesday 27th November – midday Tuesday 4th December. Applications will open on Monday 21st May. If your charity would like to apply, you can register your interest by clicking on the link below. For further information, please read the Christmas Challenge 2018 Guidebook.


Register Charity Interest


How does the Christmas Challenge work?

Is my charity eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for the Christmas Challenge 2018, 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 details, please register your interest and we will will keep you up to date with key information and deadlines.

Confirmed Champions

Below is a list of the Champions who will will be providing match funding in the Christmas Challenge 2018. 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
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
People's Postcode Lottery (Postcode Support Trust)Supporting projects working to support older people (over 55) to participate fully in their community, helping them to live happy and more fulfilled lives.Unable to support charities which are already receiving funding from Postcode Support Trust
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 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