5 alternative ways to fund a Wall Art Project
Enhancing your learning environment can have a huge impact on both pupils and staff in terms of wellbeing, enthusiasm and cutting workload. Finding the space in your budget for this is not always east so here are 5 tips for find other funding options, outside of your school budget, to generate additional money for projects like Wall Art.
If you are an academy or sixth form you can apply for additional funds from the Condition Improvement Fund specifically related to improving your school building.
Grants from Charities and Education Organisations
If the additional government funding pots do not apply to you there are many charities, philanthropists and other agencies that will fund specific projects for schools that are well worth investigating. Here are a few examples:
- The Wolfson Foundation is a charity that offers grants for education projects.
- National Lottery Awards for All – one of the focuses of Awards for All is to improve the spaces that matter to communities, a perfect remit for funding for a Wall Art project. Your school matters to you and your school community and if you let it out for events to the local community the benefits of Wall Art to make the space more enjoyable and engaging is more far reaching than just your pupils.
- Education Funding Agency
- Big Lottery Fund
- Sport England
- School Funding Service
- Princes Trust
- Grants For Schools
- Funding Grants
- Go Fund Me
Finding the best grant for your project and winning the grants takes experience and skill, especially for larger values. There are various companies and professionals out there who can help you find the right grant for you and support you in your application process/bid writing and it can be well worth investing some of your budget in employing professional services to assist you:
Search here for more grant opportunities:
We are all used to friends and family raising sponsorship for charity events through sites such as justgiving.com. Many schools are now applying the same crowdfunding process to successfully raise fund for projects in school. At one level you can crowd fund amongst your parents and local community and at the other level you can out together a crowdfunding project to generate sponsorship from business and outside sources.
Rocket Fund is a crowdfunding site where teachers can create projects and share these projects with contacts. This is a great way to get parents and the local community involved in supporting a specific project through monetary donations rather than time which in our busy lives these days if often easier.
Crowdfunder allows parents and your community to donate but also sources donations and sponsorship from the charities, organisations, business and donors that they work with on a regular basis to increase your funding possibilities.
There are also companies that will help you crowdfund on a wider scale for larger amounts to cover bigger projects. You can find out more about how to get started with crowdfunding here http://funded.org.uk/main-site-navigation/crowdfunding/
Generate additional income
Letting school halls, sports facilities, playgrounds and charging for the use of your car park on evenings and weekends are all popular ways to generate additional income for projects such as fund Wall Art, which in turn will make your building more ‘sellable’ as a letting option to potential users. Here are some articles that may help you with what you are already doing or get you started on self-generating income:
Many schools use passive income generation without realising it but in this current climate it is a good idea to strengthen these partnerships and ensure they are getting direct results for you. Passive income is where money is made for doing nothing or very little, usually the swap of skills or processes that are useful to the other party that you already do.
Parental and Community Involvement
Many schools are very lucky to have active and supportive PTA’s who will be only too happy to help raise funds for projects such as Wall Art that will benefit the whole school and improve the environment for parents and other visitors. Below are some useful organisations who can support your PTA in the work that they do and also some funding sites that may come in useful if your PTA is less active or find it difficult to get the numbers to support events:
FundEd is a magazine that has lots of funding ideas at different levels and presents case studies of schools who have successfully raised funds for specific projects. They also offer seminars and training to School Business Managers where they provide advice and support on ways to generate income and overcoming barriers such as bid writing.
Shopping Affiliate Schemes involve staff, parents and stakeholders shopping online as they would normally but at the same time the retailers donate a percentage of the purchase to you, the school, at no extra cost to the purchaser. All you have to do is promote and encourage the use of the giving sites to your stakeholders so that you benefit from the donations.
Here are a few to try: