Are you climbing the Funding Ladder?
The starting point for any idea for a playground is funding. Raising money for a play space can be time consuming and potentially stressful. That’s why having a playground fundraising strategy is imperative.
Here at Image Playgrounds, we understand the financial difficulties that come up during play area developments. So, during initial contact with our play area consultants we discuss your budgetary requirements to allow us to bring the most fun to your space without stretching your funds.
We have years of knowledge and experience and can help guide you through funding availability and options. Below we’ve detailed some opportunities for funding and ideas for raising the necessary capital.
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
- Race night
- Hog roast and ceilidh
- Karaoke night
- 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
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 www.hlf.org.uk
St. James’s Place Foundation – Cherishing the children
Aimed to improve quality of life for people as a result of disability or disadvantage. www.sjpfoundation.co.uk
Find out more with these other funding organisations to see if they are relevant to your project:
The Gannett Foundation www.gannettfoundation.org
Peter Harrison Foundation – Opportunities through Sport www.peterharrisonfoundation.org