Funding solutions for playground projects should try to be as inventive as possible. Some of the most successful playground projects have used several sources of funding; from section 106 payments to council match-funding and community-led fundraisers.  

This list is not exhaustive, but will hopefully point in the direction of the source of funding you are looking for: 

21st Century Life
Investing in Communities: Supporting 21st Century Life wants to fund projects that build stronger families and stronger communities. It aims to improve the quality of family life by helping families most in need with early action to give children a better chance in life.

ACT Foundation
The ACT Foundation (ACT) was formed in 1994 and is registered with the Charity Commission (charity number 1068617). ACT provides grants to individuals and other charities, principally in the UK, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need, particularly those who have a physical or mental disability or the aged.

ASDA Foundation
Charities, schools and community groups have the opportunity to apply for funding for local projects that require financial assistance to the ASDA Foundation. Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 available for good causes and community groups in your local area. 

Aviva Community Fund 
Aviva Community Fund offers support and project funding. Aviva will soon be opening their community fund for 2016. The scheme supports projects related to health and well-being, activities for children and young people and support for family life. Lots of potential for funding activities on your Fields in Trust protected site! If your project will have positive effects on your community have a look at the guidelines on the Aviva site and prepare an application for September 13th when applications open.

BBC Children In need
A small grants scheme aimed at charities and not-for-profit organisations.  Small grants of up to £10K are available for organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 years old and under.

Biffa Award currently provides funding through two grant schemes within our four specific themes: the Small Grants Scheme (SGS) offers grants between £250 and £10,000; the Main Grant Scheme (MGS) offers grants between £10,000 and £50,000. The Funds money comes from landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services.

Big Lottery Awards for all, England , Scotland, Wales & Ireland
A Lottery grants programme that funds small, community-based projects across the UK. The Awards programme fund not for profit groups, parish and town councils, schools or health bodies, the funding available is £300 to £10,000. 

Big Lottery Reaching Communities, England
Reaching Communities funding is for projects that help people and communities most in need. Grants are available from £10,000, upwards and funding can last for up to 5 years.

Big Society Capital
Big Society Capital provides £400m, £600m from dormant bank accounts and £200m from high street banks.  They will develop socially orientated investment organisations that support charities and social enterprises that will have the ability to repay an investment through the income they generate.

Coalfields Regeneration Trust
Coalfields Regeneration Trust promotes and achieves social and economic regeneration in the coalfields of England, Scotland and Wales. 

Cory Environmental Trust
Supports a number of trusts through the Landfill Communities Fund in the areas of teh country where Cory Environmental provides waste management services.  Playing field and play area projects should be eligible under the Community Improvement funding stream.

Comic Relief Local Communities
UK Community Foundations is the managing agent for Comic Relief’s Stronger Communities theme. Comic Relief funds projects which encompass five core themes: Better Futures, Safer Lives, Healthier Finances, Fairer Society and Stronger Communities.

Disability Grants
A forum for finding out information for lots of disability grants 

The regulator that oversees the activity of all Environmental Bodies (EBs) across the UK and give final approval for grants. 

Ernest Cook Trust
The Ernest Cook Trust is one of the UK’s leading educational charities. Rooted in the conservation and management of the countryside, the Trust actively encourages children and young people to learn from the land through hands-on educational opportunities on its estates and by offering grants.

Football Foundation 
The Football Foundation is the largest sports charity in the UK funded by the Premier League, The FA and Government (via Sport England). It funds the development of new and refurbished grassroots sports facilities improving the quality and experience of playing sport at the grassroots level to sustain and increase participation and improve general skills levels.

grants 4 schools
A comprehensive funding information service available to the UK Education sector.  Updated daily, grants 4 schools is a directory of all the grants available for your project from a variety of different sources.  A subscription service, but with a free trial available. 

Greggs Foundation
Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund helps organisations based in local communities to deliver projects or provide equipment to people in need at the heart of our local communities. The programme is administered by seven charity committees throughout England, Wales and Scotland.

Lady Allen of Hurtwood Trust
Lady Allen was a pioneer in the field of children's rights and adventure play for disabled children. Grants are awarded to candidates working with children with a particular emphasis on those who work with disabled children and/or children from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

The Landfill Communities Fund
This innovative tax credit scheme enables operators of landfill sites to contribute money to enrolled Environmental objects contained in the Landfill Tax Regulations.  The Government viewed the LCF as a way for Landfill Operators and Environmental Bodies to work in partnership to create significant environmental benefits and jobs and to undertake projects which improve the lives of communities living near landfill sites.

Living Made Easy
A wealth of information about funds available and list of all grant sources and charitable organisations.

Lloyds TSB Foundation
Funding programmes offer short and long term grants. Support is adapted to the needs of small and medium sized charities that are committed to delivering work which breaks or prevents cycles of disadvantage.

One Family Foundation
he OneFamily Foundation is here to help fund community projects that really matter to our customers. It also lends a financial helping hand to customers or their loved ones in times of need. Up to £25K (average £5K) School projects that have been successfully funded through the 'Community Awards' programme have included: outdoor play spaces. 

Peoples Health Trust
Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years.

Reaching Communities Buildings Lottery funding
Provides funding for land and building projects costing more than £100,000.  It is aimed at the most deprived areas in the country.

SITA Trust
Support community improvement projects through the Landfill Communities Fund. Enhancing Communities - provides funding for community leisure projects within 3 miles radius of qualifying waste process sites owned by SITA UK.  Funding is available in 100 core zones throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

Sport England
Sport England is committed to helping people and communities across the country create sporting habits for life. Various funding available: 

  • Inspired Facilities:  is our £110 million programme that funds the renovation and modernisation  of local sports facilities.
  • Primary Spaces: having the right place to play sport and be physically active as a child is vital in  ensuring that more children are active and that is why we’re investing £18 million of National  Lottery funding to improve primary school Physical Education (PE), sport and activity facilities.
  • Protecting Playing Fields: Playing fields are one of the most important resources for sport in  England but many of them become waterlogged or in a state of disrepair, so we are investing  £28 million of National Lottery funding into improving community sports fields.
  • Small Grants: uses Lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-  profit organisations to help more people play sport.
Tesco Bags of Help
The money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Wales and Scotland is being used to pay for a large number of local projects to improve green spaces in communities. Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include building new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens.

The Equitable Charitable Trust
The Trust is an education charity that makes grants for education projects in the UK and abroad that benefit children and young people under the age of 25 who are from disadvantaged backgrounds or disabled.  

The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
The funding supports the social, emotional and learning needs of those young people at greater risk of being left behind educationally or who have been left behind. They fund work that challenges public policies and practices that reinforce educational inequality.

The Foyle Foundation
The Foyle Foundation is an independent grantmaking trust that distributes grants to UK charities. The Foundation does not support applications from individuals.

The People's Health Trust
Active Communities funding - in eligible areas for projects that make neighbourhoods better,
including setting up green space in urban areas.

The People's Postcode Trust
Funding for good causes in England, Scotland and Wales, including those that advance pubic participation in sport.

The Robertson Trust
The Robertson Trust aims to improve the quality of life and realise the potential of people and communities in Scotland – inspired by the example of our founders, the Robertson Sisters.

The Trust House
We are a medium-sized grant making foundation giving grants to small, well-established organisations in the UK who address local issues in areas of extreme urban deprivation, or in remote and fragile rural communities.

The Wolfson Foundation
The Wolfson Foundation funds improved facilities for a range of organisations delivering excellent care and support for people of all age with a variety of needs.  The size of these grants varies from around £15K to £100K.  Larger grants are given to key, strategic projects deemed ambitious and well thought-out, with a clear long term focus.

Veolia Environmental Trust
Funds community projects across the UK, including restoring green spaces, improving community halls and creating new play areas and skate parks.  Projects must be within proximity to a site owned by Veolia Trust.

Viridor Credits
Provides funding for a huge range of projects, including the provision of maintenance of public amenities.  Projects need to be located within 10 miles of one of their local steering groups.

Wooden Spoon
Wooden Spoon is a charitable grant-giving organisation that funds projects across the UK and Ireland to support disadvantaged and disabled children.  

WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental)
Awards grants to community projects that are eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund. WREN received the majority of its funding from landfill tax. Community projects are eligible within a 10 mile radius of landfill sites in the WREN operating area. Single sport projects will not be applicable, nor will the fabric of a building such as a pavilion, however, WREN will fund the internals of a pavilion or open community facilities such as a MUGA or play area.