Successful playground projects need inventive funding solutions.
Some of the very best projects draw on several sources of funding. This list is not exhaustive, but will hopefully point you in the direction of the source of funding you are looking for…
The ACT Foundation (ACT) was formed in 1994. ACT provides grants to those who can demonstrate that through volunteering or community action they can enhance the lives of others. The trust aims to fund projects that use volunteering or community service to support young people, particularly the most marginalised. Applicants must be under the age of 30 and involved in volunteering or community action projects in the UK.
Charities, schools and community groups have the opportunity to apply for funding for local projects that require financial assistance to the ASDA Foundation. Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 are available for good causes and community groups in your local area.
Aviva Community Fund
Aviva Community Fund offers support and project funding. Aviva have recently opened their funding for 2017. The scheme supports projects related to health and wellbeing, activities for children and young people and support for family life. If your project will have positive effects on your community have a look at the guidelines on the Aviva site.
Awards For All: UK
Part of the National Lottery Fund, Awards For All funds projects that allow communities to take part in art, sport and community activities. They also fund projects that promote education, the environment and health within the local community. Applicants must be a voluntary, community or statutory organisation and have a governing body.
Biffaward is managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife trust. The programme supports as many projects across the UK as possible. It aims to enhance community spaces, cultural facilities and places for outdoor recreation. Eligible projects must benefit local people of all ages and must be no more that 10 miles away from either a Biffa site or any landfill site.
Comic Relief Local
Small, medium and large grants are available for different groups with different aims. Comic Relief aim to provide funding for groups looking to create and support social change in local areas across the UK and other parts of the world. Local, regional and national charities and community groups may apply.
Fields in Trust
Fields in Trust (FIT) is an independent UK-wide charity dedicated to protecting and improving outdoor sports and play spaces and protecting playing fields. Their aim is to improve the quality of life and health of everyone throughout the UK, through protecting and developing high quality, well-used local facilities. Applications for funding and other support are welcome by any organisation that seeks to improve their local sports and play facilities.
The Foyle Foundation is an independent grant making trust that funds UK charities whose core work is in the areas of arts and learning. The foundation prioritises applications that cater for those with special educational needs and learning difficulties. The foundation also aims to support projects that have a long term strategic impact. Registered UK charities are eligible to apply and organisations must meet strict criteria to prove their projects will provide a direct benefit or service to the public.
A comprehensive funding information service available to the UK Education sector. Updated daily, Grants 4 Schools is a directory of all the grants available for your project from a variety of different sources. A subscription service, but with a free trial available.
Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund helps organisations based in local communities to deliver projects or provide equipment to people in need. The Greggs Foundation tend to favour smaller groups and organisations and those who are disadvantaged. The local community projects fund is open in three stages throughout the year.
Groundwork is a UK environmental regeneration charity. It supports communities in need, working with partners to help improve the quality of people’s lives, their prospects and the places where they live, work and play. Their aims are to build safer and stronger communities, promote health and wellbeing, provide young people with something to do and promote environmental sustainability.
Landfill Communities Fund
This innovative tax credit scheme enables operators of landfill sites to contribute money to enrolled Environmental objects contained in the Landfill Tax Regulations. The Government viewed the LCF as a way for Landfill Operators and Environmental Bodies to work in partnership to create significant environmental benefits and jobs and to undertake projects which improve the lives of communities living near landfill sites.
Learning Through Landscapes
Learning Through Landscapes is the national school grounds charity. They believe school grounds play a vital role in every child’s learning and development. The charity aims to help schools and early years settings make the most of their outdoor spaces for play and learning.
London Marathon Charitable Trust
The London Marathon Charitable Trust primarily provides capital funding for building or facilities projects that inspire increased participation in physical activity, sport or play. The trustees make decisions four times throughout the year.
The Lord’s Taverners provides grants to SEN schools to enable them to purchase a range of outdoor playground and gym equipment which caters for their needs. Applications will only be accepted from schools that cater for young people under the age of 25 who have a physical/sensory/learning disability.
The Morrisons Foundation is funded by a number of revenue streams and is the chief recipient of the money generated through the sale of carrier bags in Morrisons stores in England. Their aims are to make a positive difference to people living in England, Scotland and Wales through community groups, charities and other bodies committed to creating a positive difference to people in their community.
One Family Foundation
The One Family Foundation helps fund community projects that matter to their customers. It also lends a financial helping hand to customers or their loved ones in times of need, up to £25K (average £5K). School projects that have been successfully funded through the ‘Community Awards’ programme have included outdoor play spaces.
Tesco Bags of Help
The money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Wales and Scotland is being used to pay for a large number of local projects to improve green spaces in communities. Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include building new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens.
The Trust House
A medium-sized grant making foundation giving grants to small, well-established organisations in the UK who address local issues in areas of extreme urban deprivation, or in remote and fragile rural communities.
Veolia Environmental Trust
Funds community projects across the UK, including restoring green spaces, improving community halls and creating new play areas and skate parks. Projects must be within proximity to a site owned by Veolia Trust.
WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental)
Awards grants to community projects that are eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund. WREN received the majority of its funding from landfill tax. Community projects are eligible within a 10 mile radius of landfill sites in the WREN operating area. Single sport projects will not be applicable, nor will the fabric of a building such as a pavilion. However, WREN will fund the internals of a pavilion or open community facilities such as a MUGA or play area.