Grants and Funding for Schools

Are you looking to improve your outdoor play space?

If you are looking to improve your playground but struggling to find the budget, you could qualify for one or more of the various award grants available. Contact us today by submitting a quick contact request and we will try and help guide you in the right direction.

PE and Sport Premium for Primary Schools

Primary schools within England can take advantage of the Sports Premium Funding to help increase outdoor activity, physical health and wellbeing. See how many other schools have effectively used their PE & Sport Premium.

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Get Some Inspiration!

How can you fund a new outdoors play project?

In-school fundraising:

Why not start by harnessing your organisation’s own potential by planning to hold some fundraising events involving pupils, staff, parents and even members of the local community? Here are some examples of successful, fun fundraising events to help you conquer that money mountain!

Fun Days
Cake Sales
Quiz Nights
Duck Races
Car Washes
Talent Shows
School Discos
Auction Nights
Table Top sales
Treasure Hunts
Easter Egg hunts
Non-Uniform Days
Sponsored cycle/skip/walk/run
Sports challenges / round robin
Sponsored whole school sports day
School performance with paid entry
Swimming gala with paid entry or sponsorship
Spring / Summer / Autumn / Winter / Christmas Fairs with paid entry

If you create a structured plan for fundraising throughout the year and tie specific fundraising to each event, parents will be keen to help to successfully gain the equipment for their own children’s benefit. The children and school community will also feel heartened by achieving each small target, rather than having a one huge final figure to achieve.

Sports Premium (PE and Sport Premium for Primary Schools):

Schools can use this funding to embed physical activity into the day through the provision of active playgrounds and active teaching. Installing a new active play space will result in the improved engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity - the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school.

The creation of all weather, active sports areas raises the profile of PE and sport and all children will have more chance to participate in competitive sport.

Most schools with primary-age pupils receive the PE and sport premium including:

  • Schools maintained by the local authority
  • Academies and free schools
  • Special schools
  • Non-maintained special schools
  • Pupil referral units

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Updated > Grant applications:

There are a number of grant options, so its worth applying for as many as you can, as every grant donation adds up to enable your plans to come to fruition. Some helpful organisations are: Lottery Good Causes | Grants4Schools | OneFamily Foundation | Arts Council England | Sport England | Community Fund | BBC Children in Need | Biffa | Community Foundations | FundEd | Tesco | FCC Communities Foundation

Local company sponsorship:

Local companies may be interested in investing in your outdoor play project, in return for good publicity, so it’s worth making enquiries. Does a parent work in a company that can ‘match funding’ grants? Will any local supermarkets or banks be willing to offer financial support?

Tips for filling out a successful fundraising application form:

Do not rush your application and make sure you have a strong, solid proposal before you apply.

Make sure you:

  • have a clear vision of what it is you are trying to achieve
  • can clearly describe your organisation or charity
  • can explain why a change is required (old equipment needs replacing, increasing pupil numbers, aiming to increase activity/fitness/wellbeing levels, developing areas to support quality outdoor learning, improving access to equipment if in a rural community etc)
  • are concise and realistic with your ideas
  • use good English and follow a clear structure that is easy to understand
  • have clearly identified the items you need to achieve your plan
  • know costings of different parts of the project as well as the total cost
  • know the funds you have already available, as well as how much you need to raise
  • have a realistic time frame
  • know who it will benefit and in what number (own pupils and additional pupils from within an academy chain, a school federation, a co-operative trust or within a local school cluster group, breakfast club, after school club, wider community: pre-school children, senior citizens, parents, church groups, allotment groups, military groups, sports clubs, child minders etc)
  • can describe how it benefits them (improved and increased safety, activity levels, fitness, health & wellbeing, fun, social interaction, natural stimulation, team work, imaginative and creative play, community cohesion, National Curriculum links, extra-curricular clubs etc)
  • can explain how it enhances the outdoors environment
  • have school council, parent, community and PTA support and involvement
  • create a committee with the sole purpose of following through the new playground project
  • use any supporting quantitative evidence (hours of pupil activity created per pound of funding, hours of club time for the community etc)
  • have obtained relevant planning permissions
  • have permission from relevant parties (Academy Trust, Governing Body, Local Council, Site Owner etc)
  • know any additional costs for landscaping, surfacing, extending an area etc
  • have measurements and plans for your area

Take a look at our Schoolscapes Case Studies to get inspiration and discover what amazing play spaces can be achieved by the end of your funding journey. Our experienced and dedicated team at Schoolscapes can provide your organisation with a bespoke design and quote, tailored to your unique outdoors play space. You can then use this to effectively support your funding bid, helping you on your journey to achieve your dream outdoor play area. With your dedication, enthusiasm and ambition, alongside our knowledge and expertise, your dreams can become reality and your setting will be able to achieve a lasting legacy of an incredible outdoors environment to benefit your children and community.

Grant & Funding Project Testimonials

St. Anne's C of E VA Primary School

Optimising Play for Our Children's Future

‘When undertaking such an important project within a programme of works to improve the outdoor learning environment, it was important to us to work with creative problem solvers, who put the school's needs first. Professional, friendly and listened to our requirements. The children love using the successfully funded fitness trail.’

Lisa Dadds - Headteacher

Hatfeild Primary School

Physical and Sensory Play for Children with Special Educational Needs

'Swift and efficient, requiring minimal input from the school and a fantastic result!'

Frieda Perry - Headteacher

Queen’s Crescent School

Outdoor Performance Space

‘The idea of using a lottery/grants organisation to support our application was fantastic and due to the support we received from Schoolscapes Ltd it was easy to apply for our play project. We are now looking forward to an amazing stage with an amphitheatre and musical instruments that otherwise we could not have afforded.'

Julia Hawkins - Headteacher

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