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					Finding Funding
                                        Fundraising tips and advice
                                        Fundraising for a project is very similar to            Don’t forget to visit the ‘News’ section at
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                                        publicising it, i.e. you have to really sell it!        www.saferoutestoschools.org.uk for regular
                                        Funders will be more likely to give you money if        updates.
                                        you make it catchy, a project that stands out from
                                        the crowd. They may read hundreds of
                                        applications so you need to make yours as
                                        different and memorable as possible.
                                                                                                                    TOP TIPS
                                        The most important thing when you are applying
                                        for funding is to know what it is you actually want       Going for one larger pot of money is

                                        money for. It could be one of many things, for                 not always the easier option
                                        example:                                                     Find out what has been successful in
                                         joint funding for new cycle storage                         the past
                                         a particular event such as a bike ride and picnic         Keep people updated on progress
                                           or a BMX display team performing at your                  If you are applying to a grant-giving
                                           school                                                      body, don’t be afraid to ring them
                                         items such as bikes, helmets, locks or lights,              and ask what makes a successful
                                           perhaps linked to your school’s Bike Club                   application
                                         a trip - for example hiring bikes                         Know who you are ‘selling’ to and
                                                                                                       package it up appropriately
                                                                                                     Make REALISTIC financial targets,
                                         Bear in mind the following:                                   break a project down into bite size
                                                                                                       chunks
                                         What do you need the money for?                             Enthusiasm is contagious, be excited
                                         Be specific—e.g. we need to raise £500 to do up               about your project and others will be
                                         the bike sheds.                                               too
                                                                                                     Don’t give up!
                                         What are your targets?
                                         S.M.A.R.T (specific, measurable, achievable,
                                         realistic, targeted)
                                         Be Careful not to set your sights too high at first.         Searching for grants
                                                                                                      Try looking at websites such as these:
                                         Be strategic
                                         Know where each small project fits into the                  www.grantnet.com
                                         whole, this will help you prioritise.                        www.grantsonline.org.uk
                                                                                                      www.greengrantsmachine.co.uk
                                         What are the resource implications?                          www.grants4schools.info
                                         Time, people, experience, enthusiasm. Which
                                         fundraising method would be the least
                                         demanding on these resources?


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                                         CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP                               SMALL SCALE FUNDING BIDS
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                                         Try and keep your project relevant to the           These can be a great way to raise larger
                                         company that you are targeting. Corporate           amounts of money, (£500 to £2500). Be sure
                                         sponsorship often comes as donated goods            that your project fits into their criteria before
                                         rather than money. Stress that the company          anyone spends hours filling in the forms!
                                         will get great PR! Try asking for “support”         Pros
                                         rather than money. Many businesses are               A good way to raise a larger amount of
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                                         happy to support schools                               money in one go
                                         Pros                                                 You can raise money for a whole project,
                                          You can utilise local ‘links’ to businesses in      e.g. bike sheds, tabards, training, and admin
                                            the area                                            all from one pot of money
                                          Companies are often keen for ‘free’ PR           Cons
                                         Cons                                                 Criteria can be quite specific
                                          Can involve cold calling and a bit of             You may need to wait from 3 to 6 months for
                                            pleading!                                           a response
                                          Sometimes a company can feel you ‘owe’            You must be aware of closing dates
                                            them something                                    Application forms can sometimes be
                                                                                                confusing and time consuming


                                                                                             ‘IN HOUSE’ FUNDRAISING

                                               Local Councillors
                                                                                             Pros
                                               Councillors have a budget for
                                                                                              Everyone in the school can get involved
                                               supporting local initiatives. For
                                                                                                resulting in greater project ownership
                                               example, some have supported
                                                                                              The school is in control, and can see tangible
                                               Bikeability cycle training at local
                                                                                                results
                                               schools
                                                                                              Very little preparation needed, a good way to
                                                                                                raise funds without much notice
                                                                                              In house funding methods are generally fun
                                                                                                too
                                                                                             Cons
                                                                                              Can be labour intensive on the school’s side,
                                                                                                although can be built into existing school
                                                                                                events
                                                                                              The amount of money raised can depend on
                                                                                                the size of school, very small schools generally
                                                                                                have less resources to tap into




                                        Walking Buses
                                        If your school is near a Co-operative group store you may be eligible for a free Walking Bus
                                        package containing hi-viz vests, snapbands, banners and posters. For more details visit
                                        www.co-operative.coop/ethicsinaction/climatechange/climate-change-projects/walking-buses/




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                                        Lottery Grants
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                                                                             Grants of between £300 and £10,000 for people to take part in art, sport,
                                         Awards For All
                                                                             heritage and community activities, and projects that promote education,
                                         www.awardsforall.org.uk
                                                                             environment and health in the local community. Can apply at any time.
                                         Big Lottery Fund
                                                                             Various programmes of funding.
                                         www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
                                         Lottery Funding                     Provides a search facility for finding all relevant funding programmes run
                                          www.lotteryfunding.org.uk          by the Lottery.
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                                        Government Grants
                                                                             Various grants to help with both start-up and established projects by
                                        Environment Wales
                                                                             voluntary organisations in Wales who are encouraging and supporting the
                                        www.environment-wales.org
                                                                             participation of communities in local sustainable development.
                                        Extended Schools funding
                                                                             Extended Schools funding can be used to help run bike clubs and similar
                                        www.teachernet.gov.uk/
                                                                             activities. Contact your local extended schools development manager.
                                        extendedschools
                                        Government Funding                   Portal for accessing government grants for the Voluntary and Community
                                        www.governmentfunding.org.uk         Sector.
                                        Sports Council Wales
                                                                             Operates a number of funding schemes that aim to increase levels of
                                        www.sports-council-wales.org.uk/
                                                                             physical activity and sport in Wales.
                                        grants-funding/grant-schemes


                                        Other Sources
                                         Cash for Clubs                      Grants of up to £1000 for facilities, equipment and gaining coach
                                         http://www.cash-4-clubs.com/        qualifications awarded on a quarterly basis.

                                         Ecological innovation and
                                                                             Grant to help teachers to develop creative approaches in communicating
                                         research grants
                                                                             ecology. For Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, Higher Education. Up to £750.
                                         www.britishecologicalsociety.org/
                                                                             Deadlines: Jan 31st & April 30th, Sept 30th.
                                         articles/grants/education/EEG/

                                                                             Aims to help people with direct experience of mental distress become
                                         EcoMinds
                                                                             involved in environmental projects that improve mental and physical
                                         www.mind.org.uk/ecominds
                                                                             health and local communities. Accepting applications until at least 2010.

                                                                             Support a wide range of activities where there is clearly benefit across
                                         Foundation for Sports & Arts
                                                                             the community, especially to encourage active participation by young
                                         www.thefsa.net/application.htm
                                                                             people. Awards up to £40,000.
                                                                             Projects should be designed, created and actively led by volunteers aged
                                         GreenPrints
                                                                             16 - 25. Can apply for up to £10,000 and get practical support from an
                                         www.sitatrust.org.uk/greenprints
                                                                             experienced GreenPrints Mentor.
                                                                             Grants of up to £10,000 available to community groups, voluntary
                                         Heart Research
                                                                             organisations and researchers who are spreading the healthy heart
                                         www.heartresearch.org.uk/
                                                                             message. Deadline: Applications only accepted Jan and Feb for May
                                         healthy_heart_grants.htm
                                                                             round of grants, and July and Aug for grants awarded in Nov.
                                         The Links Foundation                Advancing education, reducing disadvantage and providing for leisure
                                         www.linksfoudation.org              time. Average grant of £20k.

                                         02 It’s Your Community Award        Available to local groups and individuals for anything that can be shown
                                         www.itsyourcommunity.co.uk          to benefit your community. Grants of £100 to £1000.
                                                                             The Education and Learning Open Grants Scheme is currently accepting
                                                                             applications for work that is intended to address one or more of the
                                         Paul Hamlyn Foundation
                                                                             following themes: Supplementary education; Tackling school exclusion
                                         www.phf.org.uk/page.asp?id=85
                                                                             and truancy; Developing speaking and listening skills for 11-19 year olds.
                                                                             Grants between £5000 to £300,000.
                                         The Pod                             Helps schools with eco-initiatives including resources and places to appy
                                         www.jointhepod.org                  for funding.



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                                        Princes Trust Community Cash
                                                                            Grants of up to £5,000 to help young people set up a project that will
         Funding                        Awards
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                                                                            benefit their community.
                                        www.princes-trust.org
                                                                            Awards to provide practical and financial support to social
                                        UnLtd                               entrepreneurs in the UK. Various levels of funding. Individuals only.
                                        www.unltd.org.uk                    Also has a good links section to other fundraising sites
                                                                            www.unltd.org.uk/useful_links.php?Section=Further Funding
                                        V Cashpoint                         Grants to 16-25 year olds with ideas to make a difference in their
                                        www.vinspired.com/                  communities. Up to £2,500 to run your own volunteering project.
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                                                                            Provide grants of between £75 and £750 to help people rebuild their
                                        The Wakeham Trust                   communities. Also support innovative projects to promote excellence in
                                        www.wakehamtrust.org                teaching (at any level, from primary schools to universities), but not
                                                                            individuals.

                                                                            Innovative grant making initiative run by young people for young
                                        YouthBank
                                                                            people. Local YouthBanks provide small grants to fund good ideas to
                                        www.youthbank.org.uk
                                                                            benefit their own communities
                                        Sport England Small Grants
                                                                            Supports local community sport projects which seek to increase
                                        Scheme
                                                                            participation, sustain participation or develop opportunities for people
                                        http://www.sportengland.org/
                                        funding/small_grants.aspx           to excel at their chosen sport. Grants between £300 and £10k.


                                                                                           Local supermarkets are normally happy to
                                                                                           donate food for an event like a Bike
                                                                                           Breakfast or cycling picnic.
                                       Support from businesses
                                                                           Schools, community groups and charitable organisations can apply.
                                        B&Q One Planet Living Awards       Projects must support at least one of the following themes: Natural
                                        www.diy.com/grants                 Habitats/Wildlife, Local Culture/Heritage, Environment/Energy Saving.
                                                                           The scheme provides £50 to £500 (at retail cost of B&Q materials.)
                                        Biffa Grants                       Main Grants: £5000-£50,000 for projects that provide and improve
                                        www.biffaward.org/projects/        community facilities. Small Grants: £50-£500 for projects that enable
                                        smallgrants.php                    communities to improve local amenities and to conserve wildlife.
                                        Co-operative Community Fund
                                                                           The group needs to be a Community group, Voluntary group, Self help
                                        www.co-operative.coop/
                                                                           group or charity. Fund anything from equipment to event costs, help
                                        ethicsinaction/localcommunities/
                                                                           towards rent or fixtures, uniforms or computer equipment.
                                        fundsandfoundations/
                                        communityfund
                                                                           Local stores have a small budget, supporting employability projects and
                                        Marks and Spencer
                                                                           other local initiatives.
                                                                           Each local store has a small charity budget to support local good
                                        Morrisons
                                                                           causes.
                                                                           Community grants of up to £500 to support causes such as refreshments
                                        Sainsburys                         at school events, sports kit etc. ‘Local Heroes’ - employees who
                                                                           volunteer can claim £200 towards chosen cause. Contact local store
                                        Tesco Community Award Scheme
                                        http://www.tescocorporate.com/
                                        plc/corporate_responsibility_09/
                                        community/making_difference/       £1500-£5000 grants for local projects close to Tesco stores.
                                        charitablegiving/
                                        tesco_charity_trust/cagapr09.pdf
                                                                           Each branch has £1000 each month to give to three local organisations
                                                                           (community groups, schools, charities). Nominated by customers and
                                        Waitrose Community Champions
                                                                           partners with final decision made by PartnerVoice forums (Waitrose’s
                                                                           local democratic bodies).




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