How to raise funds for new School Lockers despite local budget cuts
Posted on March 2nd 2017 by Stuart.
How to raise enough money to finally update your Changing Room with new School Lockers
It is widely known that raising funding to upgrade your school lockers and sports facilities can be difficult.
You have a plan but years of local authority cuts wont allow you to get it off the ground. So what do you do?
Education Secretary Justine Greening announced on 28th February 2017 that Schools are set to receive £415 million to transform facilities. This will pay for facilities to support physical education, after-school activities and healthy eating. Good news, however the downside of this new initiative is that it doesn’t start until the 2018/2019 academic year. This means your old, dark locker room wont be updated in time for this summer.
Thankfully, until then there are some really effective ways to attract funding. For a start you can never underestimate the power within your community. You could try the old reliable method of fairs and fetes to raise money. You and the parents are on the same page when it comes to providing the best facilities for their children. Whether it’s new lockers for your changing rooms or safety matting around your swimming pool, there is no shame in alerting parents and local businesses to issues with the current sports facilities. You never know who will approach you with an offer.
I mean there are just so many ways. You just have to open your mind to the possibilities. What about starting a JustGiving page and coupling it with a sports day? You could even show parents around your current facilities and explain your upgrade plans during parents evenings. Use that opportunity to ask for their ideas on how to improve and discuss ways of raising funds while you’re at it.
Have you heard of crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is a way of raising finance by asking a large number of people each for a small amount of money. For example if you posted a letter to the parents of 400 pupils asking for £1 to improve changing room facilities, you could potentially get £400 towards those upgrades.
Ask business professionals in the local area for help. Yes they lead busy lives but they understand the positive effect top notch facilities can have on their children.
Don’t worry about asking for a small amount of cash from parents or businesses. A recent Guardian news story indicated that Grammar Schools may ask parents for donations of up to £40 a month to cover funding cuts. This isn’t in that league.
You will find that there are schools with similar dilemmas so why not get working together? Share knowledge and resources. Other schools may already have fund raising success stories. This will also help develop a network of useful relationships with fellow professionals.
If any of what I said has ‘piqued your interest’ I suggest you also read the “Successful school fundraising in 10 steps” article published in the ‘Best Practice’ section of the Sec-Ed website. It’s a great complimentary article to what I say in this blog and will help you gain an insight into ways to refocus your thoughts.
I’d just like to mention that a school sports program should provide a physical environment that is comfortable, safe, secure, accessible, well illuminated, well ventilated, and aesthetically pleasing for pupils. That should include the locker changing room facilities as well as painting the sports hall.
By providing top class facilities you are sure to improve a child’s positive response to sports and education. Enable them to get ready for sports lessons in a bright, welcoming, modern environment that is safe and clean.
When a school has secure lockers on the premises you add to the overall smooth running of the school day. You don’t want angry parents demanding a meeting about theft of their child’s belongings.
Give our children the best start in life. The experience they gain at School will stay with them so lets secure the future health of young people together.
So in conclusion an effective school should be proactive in it’s attitude towards raising funds. If you don’t ask for anything I can say with some certainty that you’ll get nothing.
The best thing you can do is talk to professionals like us first. We are geared up to work out the logistics around a busy school curriculum to keep disruption to a minimum. Get a quote for the complete job from us so that you can get a good idea of how much you will need to raise.
If you want reassurance of what our company is capable of I would urge you to read “The Definitive Lockers Buyer’s Guide” published by Peter last year.