How to find funding for your green space


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Viv Cole, Warley Woods Community Trust

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How to find funding for your green space

  1. 1. Viv ColeWarley Woods Community Trust
  2. 2. Viv Cole Trust Manager Warley Woods Community TrustHow to find funding for your green space
  3. 3. How to find funding• Warley Woods – just some background• Why do it?• Potential Sources of Funding• Places to find out more• What to ask for and how to ask• Potential Pitfalls• Top Tips
  4. 4. Warley Woods
  5. 5. Where does our money come from? (2010- 11)• 47% from green fees 9% 1%• 31% from Sandwell MBC 3% 4%• 5% unrestricted grants 5% 47%• 4% golf shop sales and hiring• 3% other trading• 31% 9% public donations/events• 1% other sources
  6. 6. Why look for money?• It makes things happen• You can access funds the local authority can’t• Brings an extra dimension to what you do for your space• Create pride, satisfaction.• Creates a place that people can see is thriving and will want to be part of
  7. 7. Potential Sources• Statutory• Lottery• Trust and Foundations• Landfill Tax• Companies• Your community (individuals)• Trading• Odd bods
  8. 8. Statutory• Other local authority pots• Health PCT/Mental Health Trusts• Forestry Commission• English Heritage• Government initiatives: play, communities
  9. 9. Lottery• Awards for All• Heritage Lottery• Big Lottery – changing initiatives• Sport England• Third Party (Big Lottery really)
  10. 10. Trust Foundations and Landfill Tax• Personal Trusts• Company Trusts• Landfill Trusts
  11. 11. Companies• Company Trusts/Foundations• Sponsorship• Marketing and Communications• Corporate Responsibility• Matching staff contributions• Collecting tins in shops• Volunteering
  12. 12. Your Community and Trading• Traditional fundraising by volunteers• - raffles, tombola, quiz nights, cake sales• Membership, charging at events• Monthly donations, tree sponsorship, legacies, donating a bench in memory• Online – Lifestyle• Gift Aid• Selling things at a profit – site related• - just for cash
  13. 13. Odd bods• News paper appeals• Competition appeals• Big Tree Plant• FSI Raffle• The Big Give website• Projects led by young people
  14. 14. Research• Internet, Charity Commission• Register for emails and updates• Local voluntary sector councils• Grant net/Funder Finder databases/books• Keep a file of potentials even if they don’t match your current ideas
  15. 15. Useful Websites/emails• (ideas)• (Community Update email)• Local voluntary sector council website• /greenspacefunding (ideas and other sites)• – look at who is involved••
  16. 16. What to ask for and how• Think about what you want to raise money for. Capital, activities, general?• Think of its attributes – social, training, environmental, health, young people, heritage, nature, physical improvements• Decide what you have capacity to do well• Match this with potential funds/methods
  17. 17. Avoiding Pitfalls• Don’t be scatter gun – do research and make your time count• It is a competitive process• Read guidelines, use forms, check address and requirements• Ensure you are able to meet their terms and conditions• Don’t chase the money
  18. 18. Top Tips• Make the application about people and about changes• Use pictures – your space is inspiring and they have never been there• Even if you write alone, let others comment• Keep forming project ideas for the future• Remember fundraising is personal
  19. 19. Next steps• Full of ideas?• Not sure where to start?• More detail in the workshop• Hopefully inspired with possibilities• Think of what you could achieve• Not inspired?