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Your Guide to to Playground Funding

Posted by Rachael Webb on Mar 22, 2021 11:24:36 AM

The thought of raising significant funds for any project can feel pretty daunting. However, we can help. Our Fundraising Guide includes useful tips, from setting up a support group to grants available to ensure that your outdoor grounds development is a success.

Read on for more information about how to raise funds to develop your school playground.


setting up a support group

Many hands make light work! Setting up a group to help share the workload of the project and to drive it forward is a good idea. In addition, choosing people with helpful skill sets, such as practical, planning, and finance, will help ease the project’s delivery.

It is also true that involving key stakeholders in your group, such as the Head Teacher and PTA, will also ensure buy in from across the school community, as everyone feels consulted and part of the process.

We would suggest that your support group consists of at least one from the following:

  • Head Teacher or Senior School Representative
  • School Staff (those closest to the project e.g. KS1 or Nursery)
  • PTA
  • School Council
  • Pupils
  • Governors

Make sure your support group know what you’re trying to achieve and that they believe in it. Fundraising for a new school playground should be an exciting opportunity, so get everyone on side before you start and give them the opportunity to feed in their ideas.


project specification stage

It is really helpful to define what you are trying to achieve from your school grounds. Do you have an overall school grounds plan? If not, we can help you, as it is important that any playground development is part of wider holistic look at the school environment.

What issues are you hoping the playground will solve? Is the development learning or play driven (or as in most cases – both)?

The questions you need to consider are: (see images)


You’ll need to be able to answer these questions when you are applying for funding or grants for your playground project.


fundraising in-house

We never cease to be amazed at the capacity of schools to raise funds for school projects. In many instances PTAs and School Councils are incredibly creative and engaged with their fundraising activity. Below is a selection of what we have seen, however we would love to hear of any new ideas.


main fundraising bodies

National Lottery Community Fund

Administers National Lottery Awards for all applications.


A federation of charities that works to transform lives in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities.

Sport England

Offers a variety of funding for increasing participation in sports from Small Grants to the Community Asset Fund.

Easy Fundraising

Allows you to raise donations for your school when staff and parents shop.


grants for grounds development

Ernest Cook Trust

Offers an outdoor essential grant for UK state funded primary schools to get pupils learning outdoors.

Football Foundation The Premier League, FA and Governments charity to delivering outstanding grass roots football facilities.

The Veolia Environmental Trust

Supports community and environmental projects across England through the Landfill Communities Fund.

The London Marathon Charitable Trust

Supports projects that improve facilities in London and Surrey and challenge inequality of access to physical activity.

Garfield Weston Foundation

Family founded charitable grant making foundation which supports a wide range of causes across the UK, specifically Education, Youth and Communities.

Asda Foundation

Focuses on supporting small, local activities that directly involve their customers.


grants for community funds

Aviva Community Fund

Supports forward thinking small charities.

FCC Communities Foundation

Awards grants to community projects from funds donated by FCC Environmental through the Landfill Communities Fund.

The Peoples Health Trust

For local groups and organisations to make their communities an even better place.

Biffa Award

Gives grants to community projects near landfill sites.


special educational needs focus

Wooden Spoon

Rugby charity funding projects to support children and young people with disabilities across the UK.

Greggs Foundation

Provides grants to improve the quality of life in local communities prioritising people with disabilities.

St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation

Gives grants to Special Needs Schools in the UK.

Foyle Foundation

Gives grants for Special Education Needs projects.


top-tips for the application

  1. Use Plain English and be clear about your objectives and outcomes.
  2. Use Active not PASSIVE language:
    1. Active
      1. The playground will extend our classroom into the outdoors.
      2. We expect the playground to increase pupil activity levels
    2. Passive:
      1. The playground aims to extend our classroom into the outdoors.
      2. We hope the playground will increase pupil activity levels
  3. Be careful with acronyms EYFS, KS1 – the grant provider may not be familiar or understand them.
  4. Make it easy to read. Make your key points stand out with bullet points or bold text.


good luck

We look forward to helping you deliver your school grounds development.

Topics: nursery, ks1, sen, eyfs, ks2