'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
- 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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