There are a number of ways to start playground funding including grants, donations and innovative fundraising events. PTAs, playground committees and whole communities raise money to establish, maintain and update their playgrounds. Securing playground funding ensures schools and public play areas are available for children to exciting equipment to play on.
Playground companies offer great advice on how to plan your playground and organise playground funding. Playdale has a comprehensive guide outlining the steps necessary to secure playground funding. Applying for grants requires a great deal of patience and knowledge of the most effective ways to fill in application forms. There are a number of organisations who have funds for playground funding.
Fundraising events like Christmas and summer fairs, duck races, jumble sales and beetle drives help to raise money for playground equipment. They are entertaining and bring communities together and raise awareness of the cause. Playgrounds are increasingly becoming the responsibility of local people because local councils no longer have the resources available to sustain them.
Organising events to raise money for your playground is a great way to bring the community together. Recruiting a good fundraising team from the local community brings a wealth of experience and ideas. Here are some exciting and fun ideas to help with playground funding.
Choose a theme such as pirates, superheroes, fairy tales, children’s stories, Christmas or Halloween. Decorate the venue to match the theme, enlist the services of a children’s entertainer and choose lots of tasty food. Ask local businesses to either donate or lend items such as a bouncy castle, plates, prizes and goody bags. Charge an entrance fee for each child and have a jolly good time.
Programmes such as The Great British Bake Off has made baking extremely popular for everybody. There is nothing more exciting than watching people create delicious and beautiful cakes. There are two ways to do this type of event the first way is for the cakes to be baked at home and brought in for judging.
Secondly, arrange for three local chefs to compete against each other making a dish of their choice in front of an audience. The audience tastes the food and votes for the best one. People really enjoy watching professionals in action so this type of event will raise a lot of money and generate publicity.
Organising a popup carwash is a brilliant way to have fun and provide a valuable service at the same time. All you have to do is find an accessible location with a clean water supply. Stock up on sponges, buckets and washig liquid. Make sure you have a large number of volunteers to take shifts throughout the day. Publicise on local sale sites, newspapers and display a large banner directing prospective customers to the carwash.
Music festivals are extremely popular especially if they are family friendly. They involve a lot of hard work and require lots of support from volunteers. Local bands an businesses are keen to offer their services free of charge in exchange for free publicity. They can be held indoors or outside depending on how much work you are willing to put in. Combining an outdoor music event with a family fun day increases the footfall and provides activities for the children who are going to benefit from the playground fundraising.
If you would like to find out more about playground fundraising contact us and we would be happy to give you advice.
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