You have a vision, you have the support of the children/local community/parents, you may even have had a bake sale or held an event to raise some money…..but you are still short of funds to build your play space. Where do you begin to find more? Finding grants and funding sources in the UK can feel like opening a can of worms, but with a bit of planning, a clear written vision, time and a committed team (or one person willing to lead the project) you are one step closer to securing that extra funding needed to make your vision a reality.
There are in fact hundreds of places to source funds from. Some require a bit more work than others – be under no illusion all bid writing for funds requires your time and commitment as funders need evidence that you are truly passionate and committed about your project.
Whatever your needs are, our qualified NCFE certified funding advisor can help!
What Will Funders Pay for?
Building better lives for children, vulnerable people, communities and the environment is always high on the agenda for most funding bodies. Some will support capital investments into new build projects like playgrounds and play equipment, others fund support services, the costs of running play and sport activities and help to care for children with special needs.
Be sure to check before applying – contact the funding body they are always happy to let you know what their grants are for!
Top Funding and Grant Bodies in UK 2013/2014
These are an example of some of the funding bodies available – this is only a small indication of the many available. Please contact us for more advice on discovering funding opportunities and getting through the application process.
- The Landfill Communities Fund – This innovative tax credit scheme enables operators of landfill sites to contribute money to enrolled Environmental Bodies (EBs) to carry out projects that meet 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.
The Big Lottery Fund – every year BIG gives out millions of pounds from the National Lottery to good causes. The money goes to community groups and projects that improve health, education and the environment. Schemes include:
- Awards for All A Lottery grants programme that funds small, community-based projects across the UK
- Parks for People. Parks for People is a joint initiative between the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Grants for projects that regenerate public parks of national or local heritage value.
Funding for Children and Families with Special Needs
If you have a project that focuses on giving children with special needs more opportunities to play, be active or receive specialist care there are a lot of funding sources out there. We have picked a few that have caught our eye – contact us for more information!
- 21st Century Life – Funding projects that build stronger families and stronger communities. It aims to improve the quality of family life by helping families most in need with early action to give children a better chance in life for example: family support and respite and short breaks
- Innovation and Sustainability Programme This programme is open to not for profit organisations (see guidance notes below for definition) with a maximum annual turnover of £750,000 whose work impacts upon disabled children and young people in England.
- Living Made Easy – A wealth of information about funds available and list of all grant sources and charitable organisations
- Disability Grants – A great forum for finding out information for lots of disability grants