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  • 7 fundraising ideas for small schools Small, rural schools often struggle with fundraising, as they don't have the same amount of time, resources or parents to help them. Two of our experts with experience as small school headteachers set out some practical ways of fundraising successfully despite these extra challenges.
  • Case study: How one rural school boosted its per-pupil funding by 20% Rural schools frequently struggle with funding and many are fighting to stay viable. Here’s how one rural academy trust used marketing to increase pupil numbers by 20% and as a result boost their school’s income.
  • Case study: how to make your school community your best fundraising asset Struggling to balance the budget? Lucky enough to have parents who can help out? Read on to see how Horniman Primary School has harnessed the power of the local community to double the PTA's annual fundraising income, to maintain what parents value most about the school.
  • Charities Act 2016: fundraising for academies and MATs How is fundraising in academies and MATs affected by the Charities Act 2016? We relay information from the Fundraising Regulator on the requirements in force from November 2016. We also explain how you know if they apply to you.
  • Funding news 2019/20 Keep up to date on funding news with our rolling news article.
  • Funds and freebies: handpicked for small and rural schools Your selection of the latest funding and grant opportunities specific to rural or small schools, many with quick application processes for time-pressed senior leaders.
  • Funds and freebies: monthly highlights UpdatedSee the latest deadlines for funding opportunities. You'll also find a selection of the grants available to schools across a range of areas, and details of freebies you can access.
  • Generating income and raising funds How can schools generate additional income? This article sets out ways to generate extra money using a school's existing resources, and links to further information on these approaches. You will also find case studies from 2 schools about successful income generation.
  • Grants for small capital projects What grants are available for small capital projects? This article highlights sources of capital funding that may be suitable for lower-value capital projects in schools. It also points to scheme that donates unsellable DIY materials and surplus paint to charities, including schools.
  • How a small, rural primary school raised £50,000 for a new classroom Snape Primary School needed to raise money to build a new classroom, so it could expand to take more pupils. Here’s how they did it, and how you can too.
  • How one school made £350,000 from its local high street Chris Dyson, a headteacher in one of the most deprived areas of the country, has discovered an untapped revenue stream: businesses that want to give back. Last year they helped him save £350,000 and now he says “money isn’t a problem at our school.” Chris explains how he does it, and how others can too.
  • How to write a successful grant application Know the ins and outs of writing a successful funding application and find out about the latest opportunities.
  • Playgrounds: sources of funding What funding is there for play equipment in school playgrounds? This article links to information on national and regional grants and awards. We also include advice on approaching businesses for funding, and link to further articles on grants and funding applications.
  • School-business partnerships: guidance and case studies Are there examples of schools that have worked with businesses to generate income? We relay case studies from schools that have used partnerships with businesses to generate income or achieve savings. We also set out guidance from one of our associate education experts on working with businesses.
  • School fundraising strategies What strategies can schools use to raise additional funds? One of our associate education experts suggests fundraising strategies. You will also find advice from three schools on raising additional money.
  • School fundraising strategies: template and guidance How can we create a fundraising strategy? This article features a KeyDoc template for a school fundraising strategy, which includes example text. We relay guidance on creating a fundraising strategy from three organisations, and point to an example of a fundraising policy from a school.
  • Take your own school photos and earn cash for your school St Michael’s Church of England Primary School earns £1,500 every photo day. Here's how you can too – with a one-off £800 investment in equipment, and value-for-money printing.