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Could you be raising more?


FundEd can help every PTA Chair or School Business Leader achieve their fundraising goals, no matter your situation or experience


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undEd was launched by the team behind PTA+ in 2016 in order to extend our unrivalled fundraising guidance to school


leadership teams. FundEd is a time-saving toolkit with the largest range of proven income-generation solutions available. It’s intended to help PTA Chairs and School Business Leaders raise funds quickly, develop new skills and build resilience for the future. Whether you’re looking to boost your current level of fundraising, or want to explore grants or crowdfunding in more detail, FundEd can help.


Break down the barriers According to a 2016 survey of School Business Managers*, the most common barriers to fundraising are a lack of time, skills, experience and ideas, and too much competition for grants. Through a multitude of resources, FundEd addresses each


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of these to make generating income easier and more effective. Time: FundEd’s numerous resources help cut down the need for time- consuming research. With step-by- step guides, checklists, expert advice and ready-to-use downloadable templates, you can hit the ground running. Up to ten people can access the FundEd website (funded.org.uk), meaning your whole team can take advantage of the resources. Skills, ideas and experience: Only once you’ve run an activity do you know what you would do differently, which is why we’ve spent eight years  out what worked well, and what needed tweaking. We’ve distilled this wisdom into detailed guidance, backed up by expert advice to cover everything from applying for grants and running a crowdfunding campaign, to establishing business partnerships. So even if you lack


experience or are nervous of trying something new, FundEd can make it a lot less daunting. As each school is different, it can


be hard to know what will and won’t work for you. FundEd combats this with hundreds of proven case studies. Being able to benchmark your school against those that share a similar location and size to your own makes it easier to see what might work for you. Expert advice on licensing and legal considerations ensures that you operate the best practices, while our trusted supplier recommendations mean you can  a relevant service for your school. Grants:When it comes to grants,  funder and how to write a strong bid. Add to that the fact that many schemes are over-subscribed or are changing their criteria, and  school projects to achieve success. That’s why we’ve created a grants database, featuring over 200 funding schemes worth more than £7m, all of which are happy to receive applications from schools.  by curriculum or interest area, and most of the grant-giving trusts listed feature examples of previously-funded school projects, enabling you to see what kind of projects have been supported in the past to assess how similar these are to your own. Once you’ve found a grant, our bid-writing guidance and grant application checklist will


* BASED ON 124 RESPONSES, DECEMBER 2016


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