Securing funds is one of the most important steps to make your project happen and it’s essential that you begin early to plan your strategy.
It’s fantastic if you have your funding already in place but if you don’t, it’s ok too. There are a number of ways available to help you raise funds. The closer you get to a specific figure or budget the closer you’ll be seeing your skatepark come to life.
A first step may be to set up a committee and assign roles to different people who will be in charge of different tasks, as we recommend in Consultation guidelines. The fundraising team will be the one dedicated to come up with a variety of ideas to raise funds.
One of the first things to try is independent fundraising, a great start that also helps to bring communities together. Some events can help to not only raise funds (don’t expect large numbers for a start, keep the “little by little” mindset) but also to gather support from the whole community towards the project. Some events could be sponsored rides, car washing, jumble sales ~ you name it. Be creative and most of all feel proud of the project you’re representing!
Another main source of funding worth checking out comes from local authorities. Some local councils may be in a good position to afford the investment of a skatepark, especially when there are development plans in the area such as the 106 section. It’s worth approaching them and seeing if they can provide resources or even some advice! Don’t forget to check with local businesses too as they may be willing to give something back to the area.
Other bodies you can check for funding opportunities are:
» Awards For All (Big Lottery Fund): Every year gives out millions of pounds from the National Lottery to good causes. Money goes to community groups and projects that improve health, education and the environment.
» Biffa Award: Awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK from landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services.
» Community Foundations: Helping individuals, families, entrepreneurs, companies, charitable trusts and public sector bodies connect with, support and invest in their local communities right across the UK.
» Fields in Trust: Fields in Trust work to make sure that all kinds of outdoor spaces are safeguarded, they protect everywhere from playgrounds to country parks all over the UK.
» GrantNet: Free-to-use funding search portal for local community groups, social enterprises and small businesses that allows groups to undertake independent funding search and covers European, government, lottery and trust funding, particular to Ealing and West London.
» Heritage Lottery Fund: Gives grants to sustain and transform our heritage using money raised through the National Lottery. There may be more skate projects funded coming now that Rom skatepark in Essex has been given Grade 2 listed status by English Heritage!
» Landfill Communities Fund (ENTRUST): tax credit scheme that enables landfill operators to contribute money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST as Environmental Bodies.
» Tesco Charity Trust: Among other projects, they fund opportunities for young people in the local communities around our stores in the UK.
» The Gannett Foundation: Specially values projects that take a creative approach to fundamental issues such as education and neighborhood improvement, youth development, community problem-solving or cultural enrichment, among others.
» WREN: helps benefit the lives of people who live close to landfill sites by awarding grants for community, conservation and heritage projects.