Four ways to plan a school fundraising project


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When developing a new playground, the imagining, designing and installing is the fun part. Often the first hurdle to jump over in the process is getting the funding together. At Playforce, we know that finding playground funding can be stressful, but with nearly 20 years of experience developing play spaces in schools, we’ve done more than our fair share of funding hunting.

Fundraising for a new playground project is something that our customers often ask us about. That’s why we’ve recently revamped all of our funding guidance and resources to ensure that you’ve got all of the latest information about what playground grants are available for you to apply for. We’ve also collated all of our favourite ideas for school fundraising events to get everyone involved in your project.

Having worked with hundreds of schools across the country, we’ve found that fundraising events that bring together staff, students and parents are a fantastic way to start collecting money for a new playground project. If you’re planning to apply for a grant, the majority of organisations look favourably on schools that have already begun their own fundraising project.

Not sure where to start? We’ve listed four things to think about when planning a fundraising project.

1. When would you like to complete the project? Setting yourself a deadline can help keep everyone focussed on your goals. The longer you have to get fundraising the better!

2. Who will be co-ordinating your fundraising project, and who else will be involved? Try to set up a small team of people who have specific roles when it comes to organising events, collecting and banking money and promoting your events.

3. What events will you hold? We’ve done the hard work for you here - our A-Z funding guide is a wealth of ideas and information. From Sponsored Walks to Cake Sales, it contains everything to get you starting on your event planning.

4. Ready to go? Make sure you tick off everything on our fundraising event checklist to set you on your way and watch the funding start to roll in.

If you’re planning to start a new play project and need advice on funding, you can download our updated funding guide or book a consultation with your local advisor to talk through your options. Alternatively head to our fundraising page on our website where you can find fundraising ideas, resources and the latest events and dates to look out for.

Visit or contact [email protected] / 01225 792660 for more information.

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