Here at Red Monkey Play, we can support you with identifying sources of funding to improve your school or nursery environment. There are several grants available for playground installations and we have taken the time to list a vast number of organisations that offer grants for school playgrounds.
More importantly, our team is on hand to provide a step-by-step guide on how to approach these partners and get you closer to accessing your playground funding.
Getting Started On Playground Installation
Gather your team of staff and present the opportunities available for funding. Whether it takes place at a staff meeting, through an internal newsletter or mentioned in passing, this will spark ideas and make your team feel involved in the decision making process as well as provide them with a chance to share their view on playground installations.
There’s no harm in opening it up to your committee of parents or decision makers as they can also add some value and offer support in the application process.
Identifying Your Project
Let others know there are grants for school playgrounds and you’re trying to secure one for your playground. Some ideas may arise from your meetings with staff, parents and other key stakeholders, but it is important to narrow down several options or ideas to the key project that you want playground funding for.
This investment is crucial to making it a reality so it’s worth having a think about some important questions. Taking the time to do this now will help with your application in a grant.
Some of the questions include:
- What are you trying to achieve for your playground/children?
- What is the need for improvements to your playground?
- Who will be using the play area and how often?
- What benefits will the play area bring and how will you monitor this?
- What deadline are we working towards and is there any flexibility?
- Is there enough space for the playground installation you are considering? Has this been measured?
- Is planning permission required?
In all of these points, it is also worth including who will carry out each action and how that information will be reported on or presented in the application.
Extensive and detailed research in your plea for playground funding to show you have explored as much as possible will be greatly appreciated.
Explore Your Options
Although you are seeking external funds for your playground installation, there are a number of internal opportunities to involve. For example, call upon your Parent Teacher Association (PTA), governors, staff and pupils if you can.
In doing so, you can encourage them to not only get involved in helping to raise money for a good cause but to get creative in their efforts. Instead of a bake-off, why not challenge kids and parents to a stand-up comedy show, quiz night or a treasure hunt?
Set up a tracker on the school website and in any communication to parents so everyone can see your fantastic progress and what you’re working towards. For some of the big events where lots of staff, parents and children are involved, it’s even worth reaching out to your local newspaper and inviting them down for more awareness. You can even include the wider community if you open up the school grounds to a fete for example.
Local companies may also be interested in getting involved and while they may not be able to participate in an event, they could offer a monetary donation, which will go a long way towards your final target.
Showing this initiative and conscious effort to start your own playground funding in-house can be included in your grant application.
Many organisations will have an application form of specific criteria that you are required to complete to request for playground funding and after several years of experience in this, we recommend that any ‘open answer’ spaces are kept extremely concise and simple to read.
It’s tempting to try and impress with fancy words and complex sentences but what really needs to come across is your request for the grant and how a playground installation will truly impact your school. Simply tell the story of where you started, what you’ve done so far and where your end goal is.
Also, include finer detail around who will use the new playground installation, how often and what benefit this will have on the children as well as staff. Link it back to the national curriculum and NHS guidelines on the recommended hours of active/outdoor activities that children should engage in.
Providing factual and logical information such as this will help the organisation to see you have direction and thought about each stage.
And last but not least, call upon an English teacher to check it for grammar and spelling mistakes to avoid any embarrassment. This is going to be one of those cases where first impressions count!
How Can Red Monkey Play Help You?
The team at Red Monkey Play hope you found this blog about school playground equipment installation and how to apply for grants useful.
It can be quite a daunting and complex task, so if you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be more than happy to help! You can either email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Leicester office on 0116 366 9922 or our London office on 020 38445 525.