Tips on applying for funding for playground equipment

Advice on seeking external funding and preparing a grant application

  • Be clear on the need for the project and what you want to do with the money
  • Plan the bid as much as you can, don’t leave writing the bid until the last minute
  • Research the funder, their guidelines and any permissions you need
  • Be clear and to the point

Hints and tips on making a funding application

  • Identify how the funder wants to receive applications – via letter, grant application form, in writing, electronically etc.
  • Read the funding guidelines – make sure your project covers all the necessary points of the application
  • Don’t ignore any rules you don’t like – e.g. if the bidding guidance says they will only accept one South Tyneside bid, a partnership project will be needed. If you ignore this and 2 bids go in, there’s a good chance they will both be rejected
  • If in doubt, be clear and to the point – focus on who your organisation is, why you need the money and what the project will do
  • Be specific not general – ideally quote figures of people to be supported etc.
  • If possible identify a contact at the funding organisation – so you have someone to deal with/ask questions of etc.
  • Avoid using abbreviations and acronyms
  • Ask someone to check the application – it can be helpful for a third party (a ‘fresh pair of eyes’) to read through the application before it is submitted.

Useful links

Government Funding

Funding Central

Fit For Funding

Play England

UK Business Grants

Business Link