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Funding Advice

Funding Advice

"All children and young people need to play. The impulse to play is innate. Play is a biological, psychological and social necessity, and is fundamental to the healthy development and well-being of individuals and communities."

Playwork Principles Scrutiny Group (2005) Play Wales



Need funding or a grant to get your project off the ground?

Funding bodies change all the time - some close and new ones initiate. We can always help to point you in the right direction, and we highly recommend you check the Funding Page on the API website (Association of Play Industries) for up-to-date information and links.

It is always best to make a funding plan, so here are some tips to enable you to get the best outcome.


Funding Application Planning

  • Plan in advance
  • Check if there are any restrictions or specific issues within the area you are in
  • Build a team - assign people tasks to lighten the load
  • Communicate your plans to all those involved, even to those who may object
  • Publicise and gain support from the community and parents, and make a statement for the press
  • Get involved or get others involved from the local community - hold planning or design sessions to make the decisions on what equipment everyone wants
  • Gather the information together when you know what you want and where you want it. Make sure everyone is in agreement
  • Contact the funders
  • Post Funding, you should think about how you can maintain the engagement of the team and the influencers you have met on your funding journey. Try developing a strategy for long-term fundraising to maintain the area or even add more equipment.


Independent Funding Service

Here at Online Playgrounds, we believe our expertise lies in the manufacturing, installing and maintaining playground and outdoor equipment. When it comes to funding, we suggest you gain some independent advice, so please follow the link to Community and Leisure Grants where Tim Wall will be able to help you.