Fundraising & Grants
Fundraising & Grants
The Play and Playground Magazine has some fundraising tips.
While bake sales and bottle drives might still be important ways to raise funds for a new playground, spray park or sports court, the Playground Pros magazine has identified new and innovative fundraising ideas that people need to consider.
Option #1: Online Fundraising – Crowdfunding is a popular way to get the community on board and supporting a new play space.
Option #2: Contract Purchasing – A supply arrangement allows communities to purchase products at reduced prices.
Option #3: Leasing – When you can’t come up with all the funds, perhaps leasing is an option?
Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is a national charity dedicated to helping kids overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation in order to provide inclusive play for kids of all abilities. The Jumpstart Accessibility Grants are intended to support capital costs of construction and renovations related to improving physical accessibility to, and inclusivity in recreation facilities for children with disabilities in Canadian communities. Funding is available to:
- Municipalities and public recreation centres/facilities
- Schools with publically accessible facilities
- Community organizations with publicly accessible recreation facilities (e.g.: YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, etc)
- Public recreation spaces owned and operated by private Foundations
There are 2 funding streams within the Jumpstart Accessibility Grants:
- Accessibility-Enabling Grants: Jumpstart will provide grants up to $50,000 for projects designed to help organizations enable general accessibility within their facilities. Where possible, applications should demonstrate evidence of matching funds or in-kind support from Federal/Provincial/Territorial and/or municipal governments. Up to 14 Accessibility-Enabling Grants will be awarded annually;
- Inclusive Design Innovation Grants: Jumpstart will provide grants between $250,000 and $1,000,000 for projects designed to enhance existing building plans for sport and recreation spaces with uniquely innovative solutions for inclusion & accessibility for children of different abilities. On an annual basis, jumpstart will award:
Local governments, such as municipalities, regional districts and First Nations, can apply for the Active Communities Grants to increase opportunities for physical activity through improving access, inclusion and/or healthy community design. Each of the province’s five regional health authorities will receive $353,800 to award individual community grants of up to $30,000, with the opportunity for larger combined grants for joint proposals. All projects must be completed by Oct. 31, 2018.
Examples of projects could include a community workshop to create better access and signage for local trails for all users, including those in wheelchairs, or engaging with First Nation Elders to take local youth out foraging and teach them about edible and traditional plants in the area.
Communities that support healthy living make it easier for all residents, regardless of age or ability, to make healthy choices every day. The Active Communities Grants are a result of the B.C. Physical Activity Strategy and action plan that was released in November 2015.
Grants come and go and just because one has expired doesn’t mean it won’t start up again in a year or two. Keep checking grant websites to see if new submission dates have been added!
Creating a playground can be challenging but also very rewarding!
Planning a playground is a very rewarding experience. However, to be successful a typical project requires 90% planning and 10% doing! Our goal at RecTec is to help you create an amazing playground to be enjoyed by community members for years to come.
We have provided a guide on fundraising to help you get started!