Great tips to help fundraise for exciting new equipment

Are you climbing the Funding Ladder?


Here at Image Playgrounds we understand the financial difficulties that arise during play area developments.

During initial contact our play area consultants with years of knowledge are also available to guide you through funding availability and options.

The starting point for any idea for a playground needs funding. Raising money for a play space can be time consuming this is why having a playground fundraising strategy is imperative.

Strategic Fundraising

There are many sources for funding from school projects to fund raising organisations, charities and local businesses.

Schools are allocated annual funding from the Devolved Formula Capital (DFC) or Devolved Formula Capital Grant (DFCG) to support the needs of the school.

How to make your application Stand Out

It is important that applications do not fall at the first hurdle, so it is vital that they are read thoroughly and all the information requested are provided. Since there are a large number of applications submitted, it is worthwhile making your application stand out to avoid rejection.

Explain the need for your project and how it is identified. Most funding companies like to see how a playground can benefit the community at large as well as the children.

Statutory Funding

Applying for statutory funding requires far greater time and investment in terms of chasing, monitoring and evaluation. On the other hand, donations from companies can be given with very little intervention apart from correspondence and a mention at the open day with a big thank you and or letter. But, of course, make sure that you are happy to be associated with this funder first.

There are also lots of events which can be organised throughout the year that can contribute towards the funding of a playground which can be lots of fun.

Here are some ideas:

  • School fairs
  • Beetle drives
  • Discos
  • Concerts
  • Quiz
  • Race night
  • Ball
  • Hog roast and ceilidh
  • Karaoke night
  • Auctions
  • Printed T-towels, ceramics etc. designed by children
  • Wine and cheese evenings
  • Toy or jumble sales
  • Christmas cards designed by children
  • Fashion shows
  • Art and craft workshops
  • Plant sales

Funding Organisations

There are many funding organisations that can be applied to for financial help towards a play area. Many of these organisations have certain regulations within their policy and grant values, so check these out before applying.

National Lottery Awards for All
For town or Parish Councils, schools etc., – decision should be given within 8 weeks.
Grant Value: England £300 – £10,000
Scotland & N. Ireland £300 – £10,000
Wales: £500 – £5,000

Heritage Lottery Fund (Young roots)
Aimed at 13 – 25 year olds to help them find out about their heritage to develop confidence building skills.
Grant Value: £3,000 – £25,000

St. James’s Place Foundation – Cherishing the children
Aimed to improve quality of life for people as a result of disability or disadvantage.

Find out more with these other funding organisations to see if they are relevant to your project:

The Gannett Foundation

Peter Harrison Foundation – Opportunities through Sport