Fundraising and Grants

Raising money for a musical playground, music park or musical play equipment can be a project in itself and can take several months to come to fruition. Sadly, there is no magic wand which you can wave to immediately muster up the required pot of gold, but we are hoping that this page will help point you in the right direction.

Grants

Playground grants are just one way you can get the funds you need when looking to finance your project and are a great place to start. Grants are funds that do not need to be repaid, offered by corporations, non-profits and foundations for specific types of projects. They can range from a few hundred to several thousand pounds or dollars, helping get you closer to your target.

Plenty of resources exist to find the perfect grant for your school, community, church or organisation. Here are a few to get you on your way. We cannot list all granting sources for each country, state or region, so also check within your area for a state or private organisation knowledgeable about funding sources.

Fund Raising

So, you’re ready to fund raise for your new musical garden or music park but are not sure what to do next? Fundraising events are a popular, time-tested way for organisations, places of worship and other groups to raise money. Take a look at the following sites offering charity fundraising ideas, hints and tips to help get you started.

We are always on the lookout for new ideas. If you know or have used a great fundraiser or had access to a grant not listed here we would love to hear about it and share it to these pages.

Grant Watch

A grant search engine identifies grants for: universities, hospitals, government agencies, schools, community based organizations, faith-based organizations, research institutions and some small businesses and individuals.

Lowe’s Small Toolbox for Education grant program is funded by the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, which has supported thousands of grassroots community and school projects in the communities where Lowe’s does business.

Walmart Foundation - Community Grant Program Awards grants of $250 to $5,000 through Walmart stores, Sam's Clubs and Logistics facilities. Eligible nonprofit organizations must operate within the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding. Awarded grants range from $250 to $5,000.

ABC Fundraising®

ABC Fundraising® provides fundraising products that have helped groups raise over 50 million dollars. If you’re looking for Non-Profit Fundraising Ideas then read their post specifically written for Non-Profits trying to raise money.

KaBOOM! This national non-profit organisation dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, helps groups find corporate sponsors for playground projects. In many cases, corporate sponsors listed on their website offer money to child-supporting nonprofit organizations, which means places of worship and YMCA may be able to find grants through its database.

Active Living Research has funded over 230 projects examining environmental and policy strategies that can promote daily physical activity for children and families across the United States.

Finish Line Youth Foundation strives to make a difference in the lives of youth in the communities where employees and customers live, work and play. The Youth Foundation is a philanthropic outlet for Finish Line to make a difference in the lives of youth in the communities it serves. To date, the Youth Foundation has awarded more than $19 million in funding to support youth, Special Olympics athletes and 'Boys & Girls' Clubs nationwide.

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo welcomes applications year-round from qualified nonprofits and educational institutions. They support thousands of national and community-based nonprofits annually to help revitalize and strengthen communities.

DonorsChoose.Org

Founded in 2000 by a high school teacher in the Bronx, DonorsChoose.org empowers public school teachers from across the country to request much-needed materials and experiences for their students. Teachers from every corner of America create project requests, and visitors can give any amount to the project that inspires them.

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation welcomes requests for support from community-based non-profit organizations located in the United States and typically range from $1,000 to $20,000. Grants are awarded by the Foundation in the Spring and Autumn of each year.

The Foundation will consider requests to support museums, cultural, and performing arts programs; schools, hospitals, educational and skills training programs, programs for youth, seniors, and the handicapped; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations and their programs.

Ford Motor Company Fund supports initiatives and institutions that enhance and improve opportunities for those who live in the communities where Ford Motor Company operates. They support not-for-profit organizations in three major areas: Education, Auto-Related Safety Education and Community Development.

Better Fundraising Ideas

No-nonsense fundraising advice for individuals, organisations and charities. The website is packed full of novel ideas for great fundraisers.

National Lottery 'Awards for All'

National Lottery 'Awards for All' offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support organisations with great project ideas that:

  • Shape the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • Bring more people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage

Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, charitable grant-making foundation, which supports a wide range of causes across the UK, donating over £62 million annually.

Biff Award

Biffa Award gives grants to community projects near landfill sites to help build communities and transform lives. The project site should be within five miles of a significant Biffa operation or within 10 miles of an active Biffa Landfill site. A useful postcode checker is available from their website.

Veolia Environmental Trust support a wide range of community and environmental projects throughout England. The money used for grants is made available through the Landfill Communities Fund.

You'll need to submit an application that does justice to your project and highlights how it is going to make a real difference to people’s lives or the environment.

The Big Give is a non-profit, charitable website that enables donors to find and support charity projects in their field of interest. Supporting charities by showcasing their work to supporters and philanthropists, allowing them to take online donations, increasing their online visibility, and offering opportunities to take part in match funding campaigns. Since 2007, they have helped UK-registered charities to raise over £90 million.

The Aviva Community Fund offers you the chance to get funding for causes important to your community.

It’s open to everyone, whether you have a connection with Aviva or not. They will finance over 500 projects across four different fund levels and three categories, giving money to communities across the UK.

If your project gets enough votes and wows the judges, it will be in with a chance of getting those much-needed funds.

Tesco Bags of Help offers grants to support projects that bring benefit to the community.

Grants available for any non profit making group or organisation including community groups, charities, schools, health bodies, NHS trusts, local authorities, parish councils and social housing providers.

Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout Britain, with projects changing every other month. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £4,000, second place receiving up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000.

CHK Charities Limited

As a grant-making charity, they provide support to National or West Midlands charities. Included in their concentrated areas of activity are charities working in the fields of countryside matters, drug prevention, education, job creation, population control, deafness, blindness, cultural and conservation causes and the provision of treatment and care for the disabled and handicapped.

GRANTfinder is the UK’s most comprehensive funding repository that offers information on thousands of funding programmes including grants, loans and awards from local, regional and national UK government, European funding, charitable trusts and corporate sponsors.

People's Postcode Trust provides project based funding ranging from £500 - £20,000 to organisations within Great Britain.

Since 2009, People’s Postcode Trust has awarded more than £12m to over 1800 projects across Great Britain and receives all of its funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery.

The Morrisons Foundation supports charities making a positive difference in local communities. Since launching in 2015 they’ve donated over £18m to help good causes across England, Scotland and Wales.

Grant Funding - They have grants available to support good causes and charities who help others and make local communities better places to be.

Match Funding - They support the charities that Morrisons employees spend time fundraising for and provide a cash boost to their efforts.

The ACT Foundation (ACT) provide a fast-track Small Grants Programme for applications under £10K and a Large Grants Programme for applications of £10K or over.

They provide grants to charities that support people of all ages living on low incomes who have a physical and/or mental disability or long-term illness.

Asda Foundation as a charitable corporate foundation, they give independent grants and support locally relevant projects throughout the UK. Whether its helping charities, local good causes or community activity, all make a real difference to the local community.