Below is a list of grants that you may want to apply for to fund your projects.
Co-op's Local Community Fund allows members get 1% of everything they spend on Co-op products to give to a local cause that matters to them. Your school can apply to be one of these causes for the next round of funding, running from March to September 2017. Grants considered are up to £2,500.
Esmee Fairburn Foundation supports organisations on different themes. One of which is 'Connecting people with Nature'. Grants can range from £5,000 to £1.5m and can cover projects or core costs, including staff salaries and overheads.
Each of the 62 Devon County Councillors has a locality budget fund of £10,000. They can, if they wish, make grants to support projects or activities that benefit the communities they represent - this includes schools. If you are interested in accessing this fund, then contact your County Councillor directly.
The Environmental Grants programme aims to improve people’s lives by improving the environment. An example of one of the community initiatives they will fund is ‘a growing project in a local primary school.’ The maximum amount they will award is £2,000.
The Learning through Landsapes grants provide an assortment of nature equipment up to the value of £500 and a two hour training session. The packages are customisable, enabling schools to choose from a menu of items which best suit their learners and their setting.
The Naturesave Trust are a Totnes based insurance company who give small grants to environmental projects. Previously funded schemes include beehives, pond lining, solar panels and compost bins; amounts range from £200 to £1500.
The Bags of Help grant is a rolling grant scheme funded by Tesco customers through the carrier bag charge. It support projects that deliver a physical environmental improvement or encourage use and long term sustainability of outdoor spaces e.g. school grounds.
The WHSmith Trust Community Grants makes donations to hundreds of schools across the UK and funds large scale literacy projects. Any grants should be therefore be used to promote literacy and a love of reading.
The Devon Educational Trust are a small charity helping young people in Devon. Grants of up to £500 are available and applications are welcomed from individuals under 25 resident in Devon or voluntary organisations, in particular helping young people in care or who are emotionally disturbed, ill and neglected.
The Soil Association have resources available to help schools run their own Farmers Markets. This gives members of the local community the opportunity to purchase local food, crafts and produce. Schools can make an estimated £300-£400 profit, while children can learn from the experience. Children can learn about food production while raising money for the school and helping the local community source local food.
RGB Building Supplies offer up to £1000 worth of building supplies to a project local to one of its depots. With branches across Devon, from Bideford to Holsworthy, Ilfracombe to Exmouth, there is likely to be one fairly close to your school.
The Devon Gardens Trust is committed to investing in Education in Devon. To this end they will support schools with advice and mentoring as well as with their small grants scheme. They offer bursaries to students intending to take up horticulture as a career. The Trust’s Events programme includes lectures and workshops, open to members and people interested in the county's considerable legacy of historic gardens and open spaces.
Below are some great ways to reduce waste whilst fundraising for the school.
There is potential to link these events to the curriculum by getting the kids involved in planning and organising them.
Table Top Sales
You can promote Table top sales as a fantastic opportunity to clear out the house!
- Encourage parents to donate their bric-a-brac and outgrown clothes.
- Allow time for volunteers to sort donations into categories ready for the sale day.
- On the day make sure all items can be seen clearly with price tags on show.
Give and Take
Similar to table top sales, but without the price tags. Not everyone has to give in order to take!
- Organise for the donations "Drop-off" to start before the event officially opens and to end 1 hour before the event finishes.
- Categorise donations as they arrive, in the same way you would for a table top sale. (See the 'Give and Take Category Labels' download).
- Consider asking for £1 entry or donations on the door.
- 2 hours is usually long enough for the "taking" part of the event.
- Ask some of your volunteers to run a coffee and cake stand alongside to increase the amount raised.
School uniform is often quickly outgrown, this can lead to uniform that is in good condition being thrown away.
Perhaps running a Give and Take especially for uniforms could help reduce the amount of uniform going to waste! Or emphasise its presence at your Give and Take day by having a clothing rail dedicated to just uniform!
Did you know there are multiple companies set up that will pay for your unwanted textiles?
Textiles can include clothes, curtains, bedding, shoes, bags, and soft toys. Companies will pay a set price per kilogram of textiles collected, however, it is often worth shopping around to find the best price. Perhaps if you have some clothes lying around after your Table top sale/Give and Take/Uniform Swap, you could organise to get them recycled and earn those extra £££'s.
Here are a some links to companies you could arrange to do your textile recycling with:
Each company will work in a slightly different way, but as an example if you were to choose Bag 2 School, here is how it works:
- You promote your collection through posters and letters home.
- Bag 2 School provides clothing bags for children to take home.
- You arrange a collection day with Bag 2 School and get all clothes bags to be brought in on that day to avoid storage problems.
- The driver will weigh and load the bags.
- You will recieve your payment within the week!
Other easy ways to raise funds
Ink Cartridge and Mobile Phone Recycling.
Instead of throwing away used ink cartridges, why not sign up to have them recycled? Companies such as Empties Please have school recycling schemes already set up!
With new phones coming out every year there is an increasing need for phone recycling. Forgotten Mobile is a company that works alongside schools providing phone recycling, they also recycle CDs/DVDs, jewellery and foreign currency! Every phone/CD and DVD has a value, so get collecting now!
Don't forget to promote your event, this will make a massive difference to the amount you raise.
Parents need plenty of time to plan clearing out the house and organise getting the stuff they have found into school.
Send letters home, use posters around the school, get the kids excited and talking about it!
Perhaps encourage the children by awarding the class who bring in the most donations a non-school uniform day.
Disclaimer: There are many companies that can provide these services, those mentioned above are a good starting point. Devon County Council does not accept any responsibility for the service provided.