How To Fund Your Playground

As the weather slowly but surely gets warmer and children look forward to spend more time outdoors, you may be starting to think more about your outside spaces. We understand however that improving your outside space can seem like a big project – with one of the first questions being ‘How would we pay for it?’

It is important to think about budgets before setting your heart on a particular design for your playground, so we have created a roundup of funding options that are available for both schools and nurseries based in the UK.

Funding Grants

This site does exactly what it says on the tin, offering funding for nurseries, schools and universities. Although funding opportunities are not clearly listed on the site, you can enquire to find out about funding for safety surfacing and play equipment.

Awards For All

As part of the Big Lottery Fund schools and constituted groups or clubs (among other organisations) can apply for funding ranging from £300 – £10,000. In your application make sure you demonstrate how the funding would enable more people to fulfil their potential by addressing issues in their earliest stages. Or how the funding will bring people together and help to build relationships across communities. Learn more here:

Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund offers a wide range of funding options, for many types of organisations and for a broad range of projects. On their website you can keep up to date with all of their available funding.

Grants 4 Schools ­

This is another organisation that allows you to view all of the funding options available. Focused on school funding, this website does require a subscription – however they are offering free trials.

Lottery Good Causes – Funding Finder 

Searching through pages and pages of possible grants is not only time consuming but it can also be frustrating. That is why we found this tool so helpful, just answer a few simple questions and use a slider to give an indication of how much funding you are looking for then sit back as it finds possible funding programmes that meet your needs.

Sport England

The clue is in the name, these grants are intended to encourage more people to take up sport. If you are thinking about MUGAs (Multi-Use Game Areas) this could be a great avenue to explore, with funding available up to £10,000. Find out more:


Of course there is always the option to include the whole school or nursery in fundraising activities to help fund a new play area. We’ve created a helpful infographic full of our favourite outdoor fundraising ideas for children, view it here.

You can also find more ideas for fund raising and grants available here. 

Whether you already have funding in place, or are making your application our teams are happy to help by offering quick quotes and advice about safety surfacing.


Please note that all funding mentioned above was available on the date this blog was posted (5th March 2018)