We realise how important funding can be when considering a new play space and how difficult it can be to find. Knowing where to look is always a good start and as there are so many possible funding organisations, we have put together a selection of links to ones that you might find useful. Having an idea of your requirements would be helpful when looking for any relevant funding and we would be happy to help advise on your play space needs prior to applying any applications.
People’s Health Trust
Healthy communities small grant programme.
They operate in each of the local areas in rotation, it is suitable for projects that:
- Last up to 12 months
- Are run by local charities and community groups with an annual income of less than £75,000 a year
The People’s Health Trust funds projects between £5,000 and £10,000.
People’s Health Trust, Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA
Communities Mean Business
The Communities Mean Business is funded through the Rural Development Programme for England. They offer grants from £3,000 upwards.
To apply please contact the Program Team in order to arrange an initial consultation.
Communities Mean Business Programme Manager
Staffordshire County Council
Stafford ST16 3TJ
Tel: 01785 854306
Big Society Capital
Big Society Capital provides £400m, £600m from dormant bank accounts and £200m from high street banks. They will develop socially orientated investment organisations that support charities and social enterprises that will have the ability to repay an investment through the income they generate.
Big Society Capital, 72-78 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1HY
Tel: 020 7186 2500
Protecting Playing fields is part of a scheme called Places People Play Olympic Legacy, which is investing £10m of National Lottery Funding in community sports projects. Also some other funding from Sport England would be the Sport England Small Grants Programme which can fund anything from £300 to £10,000 to not- for profit organisations, they do this to help more young people and adults take and keep a sporting habit for life. To apply for any of these please start to fill in the Pre-Application Checklist.
Sport England, 3rd Floor Victoria House , Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1B 4SE
Tel: 0345 8508 508
The Football Foundation
The largest UK’s sports charity which is funded by the Premier League, they deliver many programmes, one being the Facilities Scheme, this provides money to develop new or improve facilities for community benefit, the maximum amount for this funding is £500,000.
The Football Foundation, Whittington House, 19-30 Alfred Place, London, WC1E 7EA
Tel: 0345 3454 555
Coalfields Regeneration trust
Coalfields Regeneration Trust promotes and achieves social and economic regeneration in the coalfields of England, Scotland and Wales. The two funding options are:
Bridging the Gap Programme, which allows anything from £500 to £10,000 of funding, this is programme a for grass roots organisations that the Trust supports.
1 Waterside Park, Valley Way, Wombwell, Barnsley, S73 0BB
Phone: 01226 270800
Fax: 01226 272899
Big Lottery and HLF parks for people, England
This is a programme is a joint initiative between the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund. This programme provides funding between £250,000 and £5m, to apply for the funding please complete the pre- application enquiry found on their website.
7 Holbein Place, London, SW1W 8NR
Tel: 020 7591 6042/44
Fax: 020 7591 6001
Text service: 020 7591 6255
Big Lottery Community Spaces (Scotland)
This programme is aimed to keep communities together around a space or a place that matters to them. The grants that are available are from £10,000 to £250,000, to apply for this grant, you would need to contact Big Lottery Community Spaces on any of the following below:
Tel: 0300 123 7110
Big Lottery Reaching Communities (England)
The Reaching Communities funds projects that help people and the communities most in need, they have two strands (Small Capital- funding from £10,000 to £500,000 for revenue projects.) or (Researching Communities buildings- funding from £100,000 and £500,000 for large capital projects)
Tel: 0845 410 20 30
Big Lottery Investing in Communities (Scotland)
This programme is the main funding in Scotland, the Big Lottery- Investing in Communities, will invest in projects that help people, families and communities most in need. The funding available is £10,000 to £1 million.
Information team, Big Lottery Fund, 1 Atlantic Quay, 1 Robertson Street, Glasgow, G2 8 JB
Tel: 0300 123 7110
Fax: 0141 242 1401
Text phone: 0141 242 1500
Big Lottery People and Places Programme (Wales)
This programme applies to people who want to make their communities a better place to live in. The funding amount that you are able to apply for is £5,000- £1m to apply for this programme, please follow the steps online.
Tel: 0300 123 0735
Big Lottery – Awards for all, England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland
The Awards for all programme fund not for profits groups, parish or town councils, schools or health bodies, the funding available is £300 to £10,000.
Big Awards for All
2 St James’ Gate, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4BE
Tel: 0191 376 1600
Fax: 0191 376 1661
Text phone: 0191 376 1776
Awards for All Wales
Tel: 0845 4 10 20 30
Fax: 01686 622 458
Text phone: 0845 6 02 16 59
Awards for All Scotland
4th Floor, 1 Atlantic Quay, 1 Robertson Street, Glasgow, G2 8JB
Tel: 0141 242 1400
Fax: 0141 242 1401
Text phone: 0141 242 1500
Dedicated to bringing the enchanting world of circus to schools and charities across the UK, raising substantial funds and promoting community spirit. Founded in 1992, Happy’s Circus is the market leader with over two decades of experience of working with PTAs & Charities.
Happy Promotions Ltd, Wessex House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 9FD
WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental)
WREN offers grants from £2,000- £7,000, they are an environmental body that helps benefit the lives of people who live close to landfill sites.
WREN House, Manor Farm, Bridgham, Norfolk, NR16 2RX
Tel: 01953 717 165
Fax: 01953 718 202
Main grant scheme £5k to £50k and small grants £250 to £5k are awarded to community and environmental projects across the UK. The Funds money comes from landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services.
Grants Officer North West & Eastern England (Main, Flagship and Small Grants)
West Midlands (Small Grants)
Tel: 01636 670058
Lady Allen of Hurtwood Trust
Lady Allen was a pioneer in the field of children’s rights and adventure play for disabled children. Grants are awarded to candidates working with children with a particular emphasis on those who work with disabled children and/or children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The aim is to offer candidates the opportunity to travel and broaden their professional experience which they can then apply to their work with children.
Application forms and guidelines (and information about previous grants awarded and the life of LadyAllen) can be found at www.ladyallentrust.org or by emailing Caroline Richards at LAMT@hotmail.co.uk
Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards
The Tesco Charity Trust is accepting applications for projects that support older people, adults and children with disabilities living in the communities around their stores in the UK. One-off grants ofbetween £500 and £4,000 are available.
Tesco supporting local communities
The Trust is committed to supporting community and environmental projects across the UK. These could include projects aiming to install or enhance play areas and skate parks, restore footpaths and green spaces, protect natural habitats or improve community halls. www.veoliatrust.org