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Funding

So, you have made the decision to start the process of raising the funds to get your parkour project off the ground – that’s great news!

As the advice within this guide has been developed in partnership with experts with a wealth of experience in organising parkour projects and gaining funding from a wide variety of sources, you can trust in the fact that your funding bid has the best chance of being successful.

So…..what are we waiting for? Let’s get going!

The Process

So how does it work?

Well, every project and every funding bid is different, so each process is tailored specifically to the bid in question to maximise chances of success.

Having there are certain questions you need to be ready to answer if you would like your funding bid to be taken seriously:

Do you have a site?

You may have identified an area of land for your proposed parkour park, but you also need to think about; who owns the land, are there any current development plans for the site, will you need planning permission for this site, and is the land suitable for a parkour facility?

What you do and your group represent?

To improve your chances of getting your project off the ground and to secure external funding you will need to act and behave like a business or professional group.  You'll need to know; who is involved in the project, what local community support is there, what kind of organisation have you created, has your group been constituted, and does your group already have a bank account?

What information do you already have about your project?

Funders like to know more about your project and the reasons behind it.  Specifically they will need to know about; the scope of your project including monetary value, the proposed or potential fundraising target aim, any secured funds, and local consultations. 

Freemove can help you contact funders, and give further information about how specific funders may be suitable for your parkour project.  Click here to contact us at Freemove about how we can help you on the first steps to getting your parkour park!

Points to remember

The next step is to get in contact with us and start the process of getting your project off the ground. Exciting stuff!

Be ahead of the game and as prepared as you can. Here are a few pointers to get you on the right track. They may be things which you have not thought about so far…

  • Make sure you have a great team of dedicated people behind you, who will stick with you until the project is complete.
  • Have as good an idea as possible about what you want to create and why. Organisations don’t just give funding to build a Parkour Training Facility or other community area, they want to see that it will make a difference to your community.
  • Be realistic about your timescale.
  • Keep organised.
  • Make sure you fill out any forms as thoroughly as you can. Many funding bids fail due to a simple lack of information, so provide as much information as you can from the very beginning.
  • Spread the word. The more people that know about your project, the more chance you have of gaining offers of help and support. You’ll be surprised how many people will step forward to help in your hour of need and from where. It all helps!
  • When making your initial application, put a tangible value on things. They may not be actual amounts of money or materials. The funder wants to see you are making an effort to gather as many resources as you can and people who are willing to give their time, labour and expertise are very valuable!

Find your funding

To help you with your preparation, we have listed a few sources of information which may be useful to you.

Local Funding

  • Approach local businesses to seek help.
  • Go to your Local Authority for guidance.
  • Big Society Network – An independent charity that provides a forum to get advice on raising funds or setting up a charitable group, as well as forging links between similar projects – www.thebigsociety.co.uk

Other Sources

  • wwwbiglotteryfund.com – A national body that awards lottery funding to a variety of projects through several funding streams and organisations.
  • www.awardsforall.org.uk – A Lottery grant scheme for local communities.
  • www.wren.org.uk – WREN is an example of an Environmental Body distributing Landfill Tax credits.
  • www.biffaward.org – A multi-million pound environment fund managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, which utilises Landfill Tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services.

This covers just a small number of resources available to you but there are many more.