Is your neighborhood playground looking out of date and really unsafe for the kids in your area? Maybe funding is what you need to get this project off the ground.
The costs for new equipment and the shredded mulch can be expensive, but totally worth the payout in the end once you see all of those kids smiling faces.
Back in the fall of 2002 Cascade View Elementary School in Snohomish, Washington needed a new playground. They needed to raise $40,000 in a years’ time in order to get one.
They devised a plan with a few budget cuts and a lot of fundraising efforts from garage sales, Krispy Kreme doughnut sales, silent auctions, and penny drives to reach their goal of the $40,000.
So it is do-able, don’t be discouraged if you cannot match the 1-year plan like this school did, but you can do it in time.
We can take a lot of notes from how this school reached their goal and apply it to your neighborhood playground. There are so many different fundraisers that you can get the community involved in to reach your goal of a new playground with safely shredded mulch.
Here is a list of some of our favorites:
- Facebook Cause Page
- Car Wash
- Bake Sale
- Sponsored Run or Bike Ride
- Dance Contest
- Silent Auction
- Golf Tournament
There is also another alternative to look for funding in grants for a playground.
There are grants “available to schools and non-profit organizations including those with religious affiliations in the eight categories: After-School, At-Risk/Character, Community Involvement/Volunteerism, Early Childhood, General Education, Health/PE, Family Services and Facilities/Maintenance.” You can search for grants by clicking here.
Bring your community together by fundraising for this amazing cause that will be around for years for the children to enjoy.
Building a new playground and making it safe with shredded mulch is key.
If your current playground is in disrepair, use some of our tips above to help raise the necessary funds to get the project going.