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Playgrounds are beautiful, exciting and important spaces for children to enjoy using for playing and learning. However, they are a large investment, and the kind of money it costs to purchase the equipment and have the playground installed isn’t easy to come by as an educational institution. Of course, that doesn’t mean it isn’t achievable, it just means you have to be creative and determined when it comes to raising the funds.

To help you get a plan in place, below we’ve outlined some of the various routes to getting the money together for a stunning new playground area for your pupils:

Different Ways To Raise Money For A New Playground

Certain methods of raising money work for some institutions and establishments, and not others. There may also be a process for your school or nursery to go through in order to have certain money-raising actions accepted or approved, especially if certain stakeholders or other interested parties could remove offers of partial funding if your actions go against their rules and regulations. 

Here are some of the most common ways to raise money for a new playground so that you have lots of options to consider: 


Lots of grants are on offer to help eligible playground projects get funded. These grants can be regional or countrywide and can come from a huge range of different types of organisations and charities. The most important thing to remember is that the applications can be complex and lengthy, requiring a huge amount of input in the way of budget and planning information, as well as other details. So, basically, if this is a route you’re interested in pursuing, start sooner rather than later. 

Read our guide to playground funding and grants



Crowdfunding as a global market will be worth nearly $30 billion USD by 2028 and is certainly worth considering as a way to raise playground funds. You simply set up a campaign on your chosen crowdfunding platform to (hopefully) raise a certain amount of money by a certain date. The description and promotion of your crowdfunder is essential if you want to see real success from this method of getting donations. 

Playground Fundraising

Fundraising With Events

Fundraising with events can be very easy to arrange when you have a good sized space to utilise for those events. Whether it is a field, a courtyard, an assembly hall – it can be used for all kinds of events such as: 

  • Talent shows
  • Auctions
  • Cake sales
  • Indoor car boot sales
  • Quiz nights
  • Local produce and makers events

With these kinds of events you can charge people to sell, and charge people to attend the events. 

Fundraising Without Events 

This is where you sell different items or services for donations, and you also openly accept donations without any exchange of goods or services. This can include fundraising by: 

  • Leaving a donations tub at reception
  • Having collections tubs around the premises
  • Selling your own jams and chutneys made with veggies grown in your planters
  • Selling seeds from flowers you have grown from your planters
  • Money made by local community groups who are raising funds for your playground project

Read our playground fundraising ideas checklist


Speak To Sovereign Play For More Information

We have over 25 years experience creating beautiful, safe, durable playground equipment. We can design your playground and provide you with a free no-obligation quote, including the cost and details of our professional installation and warranty. This quote, including timescales, details and plans, will help you with the process of fundraising, as this kind of information will be requested from various sources, including potential sponsors and grant-committees. Please also take a look at our free funding guide which is full of lots of useful information based on our years of experience in the industry. 

 Give us a call today and get the ball rolling, so you can start to work towards getting those all-important playground plans finalised and funded.