/ School climbing wall funding advice
The school I teach at has great potential for an indoor (and possibly an outdoor) wall. I have looked into possible options but would appreciate any advice, especially from anyone who has obtained a government grant or similar funding before.
Thanks in advance...
If not consider a social enterprise. You could even build it as a school project or offer it to a local uni as a project.
Hope this helps
Awards for All, (lottery,) would be worth a look - up to £10,000 reasonably easily obtained if you word the application correctly.
1. Up to £10,000 sports grant (this wont cover the full cost of the wall but is an option alongside additional fund raising)
2. Up to £250,000 community action grant. The application would need to be focused around providing a sport to the community that currently doesn't exist in the local area (there isn't a climbing wall available in the local area so this is a good option).
I would like to apply for the second option but wondered if anyone has done similar that I can get help from. Or if there are any other better options.
Cheers for your suggestions...
Try Crowd Funding: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowdfunding
Google crowd funders in the UK. The Government provide good advice and support for this also.
A part school/part community based sports project which can generate revenue (from public users) sounds perfect for this kind of project. Some of the types of dividends on offer (presented in your business plan) can be free access for shareholders and discounted climbing gear if you get a retailer or brand on board.
I've done loads of fundraising at all levels over many years; happy to advise for free when I have time.
Where's the school?
Don't forget to factor in the costs for running the wall, which can be substantial (including new route setting).
You could try asking the bmc for advice - they have several articles here to start you off:
You can also get the bmc climbing wall manual from them:
The association of british climbing walls might also be useful:
If you envisage that opening it to the public will eventually provide a reasonable income, you might be able to get loan funding aimed at social enterprises that'd cover some of the cost. Certainly worth Googling "Social enterprise <your area>" or similar to see what support might be available.
Climbing wall solutions has a list of all major funding providers for school installs, details of how to apply etc. It's really useful. Contact Ron there and he'll drop you an email with it :)
Incidentally, I'm nothing to do with climbing wall solutions!
Try the Rotary Club, they're usually very keen to help out with things like that.
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