Raising funds for your playspace project

Whether you are looking at fundraising for a school, nursery, or public recreation ground play area there are a number of sources of funding and grants to consider. Although we cannot provide a direct advice service for funding and grants we can assist by providing a number of links for funding sources, plus various organisations and departments offering advice.

These sources range from private funding and lottery grants to Government run grant schemes.

Parent Teacher and Friends Association’s (PTFA’s) will often play a large part in fundraising for their schools outdoor play area projects. Many play area schemes we have designed and installed have been paid for partially or fully by funds raised by PTFA’s.

Below are a list of potential funding and grant sources, some requiring a subscription. Please note that this information was correct at the time of publishing so please ensure that you check each website to confirm the funding streams are still available.

Those listed here are just a selection of funding sources available in the UK and there are a great number of other foundations, trusts and companies that will offer grants and funding for community projects. Please do explore options that may be available in your own local area.

Grants 4 Schools: www.grants4schools.info

Grants for Schools aim to provide a comprehensive and up to date funding information service for the UK Education sector. These include grants to Primary, Secondary, Academies, Colleges and Independent & Free Schools. They offer a 28 days free trial facility.

Big Lottery Fund: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk

Every year the Big Lottery Fund distribute millions of pounds of the National Lottery’s good cause money to community groups and charitable projects around the UK. The Big Lottery Fund’s website includes a helpful funding finder tool to help locate a potential source of funding for your project based on location, target amount and organisation type.

Awards for All: www.awardsforall.org.uk

Awards for All are part of The Big Lottery Fund. They offer awards between £300 up to £10,000 for grassroots and community activity that aims to improve life for local people and neighbourhoods. Applications can be made at any time.

National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations: www.pta.org.uk

PTA UK offer expert advice and guidance for PTA’s on fundraising, governance, legal matters, insurance, and volunteer engagement. They have a section on their website dedicated to fundraising. Please note many of the areas on the PTA UK website are member-only areas. At the time of writing membership is available from £60 per annum.

Wooden Spoon – The Children’s Charity of Rubgy: www.woodenspoon.org.uk

Through the power of Rugby Wooden Spoon fund. life changing projects are created throughout the UK and Ireland, supporting disadvantaged and disabled children. Please see https://www.woodenspoon.org.uk/apply-for-funds for criteria and further information on grant amounts available.

Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards: www.tescoplc.com/tescocharitytrust

Through local stores and relationships at a local level, with the assistance of Community Champions Tesco offer awards to support charities and non-profit organisations that support children’s educational needs as well as general community projects.

The majority of Tesco stores will have a Community Champion who can help carry out various fundraising and charity activities within their store or local community. In addition, all Tesco colleagues can apply for an additional 20% top up on their personal fundraising.

Online Shopping Fundraising

There are various online shopping websites that allow you to raise money for good causes such as schools, charities, sports clubs, religious groups, community groups and more. Simply by going through such websites, rather than direct to the retailer you can earn a cash reward for your chosen good cause. Examples are:

www.easyfundraising.org.uk

www.thegivingmachine.co.uk

www.froggybank.co.uk

Other Fundraising Ideas

Of course, you can also raise money for your planned scheme by arranging your own fundraising activities.

Popular examples include:

  • Bingo night
  • Coffee mornings
  • Fancy dress
  • Fetes and Fairs
  • Fun runs
  • Indoor or outdoor treasure hunt
  • Local company donation requests
  • Nearly new sale/jumble sales
  • Quiz night
  • Raffles
  • Sponsored events
  • Talent competition or variety show