We know that getting the right funding for your school project can be tough. Waiting on funds can be very frustrating, and it can be daunting to go about in the first place. Don’t be put off. There are many opportunities to receive funding, and as long as you plan appropriately, you will make the whole process much smoother. We have a lot of experience helping schools get through the funding process, have a read of our key points to consider when applying for funding.
The information you will need to provide
Funding applications often ask similar questions. You can be sure to be asked for specific information such as the following:
- Why is your project necessary?
- How will your project be delivered?
- How will your project impact your school?
- What is your budget?
You may have a good idea of how to answer these questions, but it will help you to back up each response with relevant stats and opinions from the children, their parents or even the outside community. Having this information will help you to show that others approve of your project and that it will have a positive impact on the school and children. You need to look into how the project will impact the school and its pupils; will it provide any educational value, for example?
How to find a grant
There are many grants out there you can apply for that will share your values for learning and play. Seeking out these providers will help you as they will have more interest in your project from the start. Alternatively, you cant talk to us to get further advice. Just select ‘Funding Advice‘ on our contact form.
Identify who will lead the process
It is not unusual for a member of staff from your school to take charge of the process alone. In going about it in their way, they can learn the process better, recognise what is and isn’t working in their favour and how to improve further bids. Of course, getting more people involved allows for a broader input meaning you can build a higher knowledge base as a group.
Basic Funding Ideas for a Small Budget Requirement
Sometimes you just need that little bit of extra cash to make paying for a small project easier. There are many fun ways to raise money on your own and by getting your pupils and their parents involved makes it worthwhile. Take a look at some of our favourite fundraiser ideas, let us know if you try any and how they go!
You can use our Playground Planner sheet to help you keep track of your ideas. You can input your details on the form digitally or print it off and scribble everything down as and when you need.
Run an art competition for your pupils. Give them the opportunity to be creative; perhaps they could be set the task of designing a small play space, you can draw inspiration from their designs.
Invite pupils to bake or buy cakes to bring to school and sell. The sales can go toward your funding, and you can award prizes to whoever has produced the best bake.
Bring and Buy Sale
Ask pupils to bring in old toys and books to sell on.
Invite pupils and teachers to attend school dressed as their favourite characters or figures for the day. This could be based on a particular theme or be a completely free choice. Ask those who participate to contribute to the school fund to take part.
Celebrate Halloween with games and fancy dress, going by a scary theme of course.
Invite musical pupils and staff members to perform in a school concert. You could even turn this into a talent show and allocate judges allowing you to get the audience involved and vote with the judges for their favourite act. Sales of tickets and refreshments at the show can go toward your school funding.