Playground and outdoor area at school

'We raised £88,500 in a year after joining FundEd!'

Mel Fane, PTA Trustee of Our Lady of Lourdes RC School, told us how FundEd helped the PTA raise £88,500 to regenerate the school's outdoor areas.

'We are a one-form-entry school in Brighton, with big ideas to completely regenerate all of the school's outdoor areas. We realised that our PTA alone could never raise the amount of money required, and that we needed to look elsewhere. One option was to apply for grants, however there seemed to be hundreds of organisations - all with complicated criteria - to trawl through, and it all became very daunting.

We decided to sign up to the FundEd programme in September 2016 and one of the most invaluable benefits is how straightforward it is to access the grants database. This allows us to tailor our search for grants specifically to our individual funding requirements, knowing all results are suitable for schools.

As we are raising funds to transform our outdoor spaces, we were matched to several potential funders and have since received £2,000 from Greggs, £1,000 from Co-op, £3,500 from the England Illegal Money Lending Team and are waiting with fingers crossed to hear if other bids have been successful.

Thanks to the excellent guidance on completing a successful grant application, we have also been awarded £10,000 from Awards for All for a brand new trim trail (details on how to apply are also the FundEd site) and we have successfully secured £72,000 from our Local Authority to completely resurface our playgrounds.

FundEd also offers some excellent giveaways and we recently won a bundle of books for our school library.

Having found the grant search process and application advice from FundEd so invaluable, we don't intend to stop at playgrounds but now plan to look into funding for library resources and other improvements across the school!'

Mel Fane, PTA Trustee, Our Lady of Lourdes RC School, Brighton, Sussex, (199 pupils)

Benefits of joining FundEd

From how to write a fundraising strategy to identifying potential supporters and more, FundEd aims to kickstart your income-generation plans and get you raising money for your school quickly and efficiently. Subscribers receive:

  • FundEd Magazine: a 60-page glossy publication sent out once per term
  • PTA+ Magazine: three issues a year covering day-to-day fundraising ideas and inspiration
  • Grant funding advice: identifying funds and writing successful bids
  • Grants database: featuring over £12m-worth of grants specifically aimed at schools
  • Partnerships advice: how to identify potential business partners and form a request for support
  • Crowdfunding advice: expert guidance to help schools run a successful campaign
  • Funding alerts: half-termly email newsletters featuring grants, seasonal ideas, etc
  • Knowledge bank: step-by-step event-planning guides, supporter mind-mapping guide, crowdfunding support, letter templates, etc

Get FundEd for just £90 (+VAT) a year

FundEd is a time-saving toolkit for school leaders, which features a comprehensive range of proven income-generation solutions. An annual subscription to FundEd costs just £90 (+VAT) a year. For this, multiple users within your school can access the grants database, read expert guidance, receive half-termly funding alerts, enter prize draws to win school resources, and save time with ready-to-use templates. For more information call 01342 718679 or visit the website.

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