When embarking on a playground development project the first obstacle encountered is often funding.
“How much will it cost?”, and “Where can we source the funds?” are two of the most frequently asked questions.
It can be pretty overwhelming and that is why we are here to provide you with some expert tips for things to consider whilst getting started.
Here are our top tips and things to consider to help you secure your playground funding;
- Planning is KEY – What are your aims? What are you looking to achieve? Plan ahead to allow plenty of time, applications aren’t granted over night
- Get people involved including the children – Build a fundraising team!
- List what needs to be done and allocate each responsibility to an individual. That way it is easy to keep on track and on top of the project. The children will benefit from the new playground so why not get them involved in the fundraising process.School events are fun and a fantastic way to fundraise & every little helps!
- Stand out – Point out what makes your project different to others in the grant process.
- Demonstrate a need – Describe the existing problem and list the benefits of your proposal. Will it make a difference to the local community? Then back this statement up with evidence you have gathered. Sound enthusiastic about the project at hand.
- Project timescale – Outline a date of when you would like to see the project completed to indicate when you need the funds by.
- Budget – What is the total cost? How much have you fundraised so far? How much do you require from funders? Do your homework and make a list of the items required and the cost. Alternatively contact your selected play equipment provider for a free no obligation quote.
- Select the appropriate funders – Check that you are eligible and meet the criteria to be awarded funding before going ahead with an application
- Do your research – Look at current trends of recent funding. Are there any current funding projects or opportunities in your local area? Find out what each funder expects you to provide with your application.
- Maintaining your project – Outline how you will continue to maintain your project once the funding stops
- Last but not least, be POSITIVE! – An application that sounds successful is more likely to be successful.
To get you off to a flying start with your application we have put together a list of some of the main sources of funding available;
Awards for All is a Lottery grants scheme funding small, local community-based projects in the UK, with each county running its own programme.
This is a joint website run by all Lottery funders which contains details of all current lottery funding programmes in the UK.
Biffaward is one of the most respected Landfill Communities Fund schemes, and has awarded more than £100 million to worthwhile projects since 1997. Community awards are from £5,000 to £50,000.
Community foundations are charitable trusts that support local community causes. They manage funds set up by donors and businesses. All grants are awarded locally.
This website lists funding sources for the London area.
Grants 4 Schools is the most comprehensive and up to date funding information service available to UK primary and secondary schools. Updated on a daily basis, Grants 4 Schools informs you about grant funding opportunities from the European Union, UK Government Agencies, the Lottery as well as Grant Making Trusts & Foundations.
The People’s Millions is a partnership between Big Lottery Fund and ITV, where the public help decide which local community projects get up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding.
WREN is a not-for-profit business that helps benefit the lives of people who live close to landfill sites by awarding grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects.
Groundwork works across the UK helping communities find practical solutions to the challenges they face.
BBC Children in Need award grants for projects working with disadvantaged children and young people, aged 18 and under. The small grants are under £10,000 for 1-3 years and the main grants are over £10,000 for 1-3 years
Good Luck with your fund raising projects and please don't hesitate to contact us for any assistance with your playground development on 01244 375627 or firstname.lastname@example.org.