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

The Christmas Challenge 2017 goes live at midday on #GivingTuesday 28th November and runs until midday on Tuesday 5th December. Join us then to make a matched donation to charity. One donation, twice the impact.

How does it work?

Am I eligible to apply?

Please note that applications for the Christmas Challenge 2017 have now closed.

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 (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.

Confirmed Champions (match funding sourced by the Big Give)

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
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 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
The Waterloo FoundationSupporting charities in Africa and Asia which help the economically disadvantaged build the basis of sustainable prosperity, primarily through improving education and access to water, sanitation and hygiene in developing countries.Will consider applications for unrestricted funding as well as those linked to specific projects. Will provide a maximum £15,000 Champion funding per charity.
Wales Match Fund
(Big Lottery Fund)
Supporting projects working to improve the welfare of people in Wales.N/A