At both Landscape Engineering and Playscape Engineering we believe play is really important to children’s health, wellbeing and development- and plenty of play campaigners, charitable organisations and academics agree. In fact, we’re all part of the Association of Play Industries (API), the lead trade body for the play industries, where we campaign at the highest levels for policy recognition of the value of play.
If you’d like to find out more about API and what we do, you might be interested in reading more about the API Asks 4 Play campaign.
To help as many children as possible have access to play facilities, we like to promote funding opportunities. Such funds help our customers gain access to financing they may be eligible for. Playscape Engineering can help in the preparation by providing you with a professional design and quotation. We can even assist with your presentation, allowing you to react quickly to any funding opportunities available.
There a number of funding bodies you can apply to. It’s important to research what each of them offer and spend time weighing up which funding body will be best for you. It is also really important that you make us aware of the criteria for your funding before we get started on your proposal.
Ones to consider include:
This Lottery funded grant scheme is designed for small projects throughout the whole of the UK. Awards For All fund up to £10,000 worth of playground equipment, which can go much further than you might think and vastly improve your playground. We’ve helped many schools that have been successful in receiving these grants. Take a look at the Awards For All homepage for more information.
The amount of funding available is limited – so make sure every word you use counts. Answer all questions thoroughly and take time to think about what the new play facilities will bring to your institution and pupils.
Instead of focusing on the negatives of a lack of play space, focus on the positives of what a new play space will bring. By demonstrating passion, initiative and drive you’ll be much more likely to impress the funding body and secure a grant.
Make your application Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time Bound.
Tell the funding body exactly what you plan on doing with their money and what it will help achieve at your institution. It’s also a good idea to give a brief history of your school and the types of homes the children come from.
List the stages in the process, outlining how you’re working with Playscape Engineering and the proposed costs. We offer a free, no obligation playground design and quotation, detailing the specific costs of the proposed work. With this wealth of information, no funding managers will be left unsure about your intentions.
Make sure your proposal is realistic and that your ideas match your primary aims. It’s a good idea to show you’ve thought about deadlines and have a real plan for how you intend to put everything into place.
Sell yourself. Think about what makes your story and your play space ideals different from everyone else. Show off your creativity and impress!
For further information on or assistance with funding opportunities, jump on the phone and give one of our playscape team a call, we will be happy to help advise you. Tel 01282 770060
If you need help or advice with funding please let us know and we can help guide you in the right direction.
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“We have contracted Playscape Engineering on a number of occasions as we have found the quality of work, reliability and more importantly cost to be very good. Their team are wonderful people to work with, no job is too big or even too creative for them, I'm sure if you ask them about the magical story shed that they built for us, they will tell you the same.”Kimberley McGrail, Basnett Street Nursery School
“Just wanted to say a very big thank you for the beautiful garden. Everyone who has seen it thinks it is lovely. Hope we will be able to work with you again soon.”Pam Macro, Saint Veronica’s
The children love our mud kitchens. Playscape Engineering built them to fit the space we had available so they are perfect our our playground.Kirsty Flynn, Rosewood Primary School, Burnley
The Building User Group would like to thank Playscape Engineering Ltd for their expert and professional handling of the construction of the Reading Garden at the Hindley Childrens Centre. A number of challenges and changes were made during construction, each one being solved in a professional manner.Chairperson, Building User Group, Hindley Sure Start Childrens Centre
Kent: "it's fun." Callum "It's going to get used a lot." Morgan "We raised the money and wanted to make the playground better, which we have done."Brunshaw Pupils School Council, Brunshaw Primary School, Burnley
We were really happy and we thought it was even bigger in real life compared to the picture. Year 6 were happy that it was done quickly, so they got the chance to play. We also appreciated the personal engravings of our names; it made us feel happy and special.
We love playing on it. We enjoy the variety of beams and surface areas.
We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who built it. You have made 470 children happy :)
‘’When we asked Playscape Engineering to help us redesign a playground area that would enthuse the imaginations of our children we had no idea of how wonderful the world they would create could be. They provided us with innovation, design and a solution which enabled our children to play safely. They delivered us the full design and build service and our bespoke ‘Pirate Ship’ sailed in on time. When one of our pupils said it was ‘the best day of her life’ as she stood on the pirate ship, it made us realise how much a well-designed play area enriches the imagination of our children.’’Andrea Batley, Headteacher, Longshaw Infant's school, Blackburn