With the economic climate as it is, head teachers are having to juggle budgets to ensure that they have the optimum number of staff to provide a sound education for their pupils. This results in items such as; school playground equipment, sports equipment and library books having to be funded with other money.
Schools have to become savvy fundraisers and find many ways to raise the finances required to update school playground equipment. Here are some ingenious ways that money can be raised:
Schools have a wonderful resource called parents and some of them dedicate extra time and effort to ensure that the school has funds to purchase all of those extras, that make school a truly wonderful place to be. T
he PTA generally has a meeting with the headteacher once a year to discuss specific items that they can raise money for. This is a perfect opportunity to request funding for a new playground, if you have a very enthusiastic PTA the members will help you to price up equipment and organise a site visit.
Being very specific about what the PTA is raising funds for gives the whole school community ownership of the fundraising campaign.
Local businesses really like to raise their profile in the community, if they are seen as supportive and generous they may gain more custom. Advertising is extremely expensive and needs to be updated frequently, so the opportunity to donate towards a school funding campaign is an attractive prospect.
If a local business donates money towards your school playground fund, their business will be advertised for many years to come, especially if there is a plaque. Also businesses can benefit tax wise through charity donations, which is also appealing.
Schools can apply for playground grants to fund their school playground equipment project. Finding out which grants exist and completing the forms so that you qualify can be an arduous task. Fortunately the website Funding Grants does all of the hard work for you.
The company will help guide you to the best grant opportunities and help you to complete the form using the correct bidding jargon. The service is free and you have absolutely nothing to lose by applying for a grant. An articulate school governor would be the perfect candidate to apply for grants.
Alternatively you can request a copy of our funding guide.
If you are all fired up and ready to start your school playground equipment funding campaign, contact us and we would be delighted to offer advice.
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