Playforce Events and Days

Fundraising events


Fundraising ideas

The tabs below include some useful dates for your calendar to organise fundraising events - why not pick one of these themes to help raise money for your next playground project?


Funding available all year

Arts Council Funding (arts focused schools may be eligible)
ASDA Foundation Funding (charities or those with support of local ASDA employees)
Awards for All Grants (community-based projects)
Big Lottery Fund Grants (lots of different grants available for schools)
Clore Duffield Funding (available to schools wanting to make creative learning spaces)
DHSSPSNI Health and Social Care Innovation Fund *NEW* (promoting healthy community projects)
Fields of Trust Funding (those eager to improve sports and play facilities)
Foyle Foundation Funding (state schools must prove all other funding is exhausted)
Football Foundation Funding (community groups and charities)
Garfield Weston Foundation Grants (schools focused on promoting arts, environment, health)
Groundwork Partnerships (anyone can apply!)
Heritage Lottery Fund (some schools have been able to receive funding for play projects)
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Funding (to overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity)
People’s Health Trust Funding (Active communities in areas affected by health inequalities)
London Marathon Charitable Trust - Charity small and large grants available for projects that increase people's physical activity levels and access to sports. Geographical re-strictions for this one though: London, Surrey, South Northamptonshire and Aylesbury Vale only. Applications welcome all year round.
Sport England – Funding  a range of grant programmes that aim to raise participation in sport

Wooden Spoon Charity (For projects to help disadvantaged young people and support healthy living)


Black History Month

international Walk to School Month

International School Libraries Month

World Blindness Awareness Month

The Big Draw

21st: Apple Day

21st: Trafalgar Day

22nd: International Stammering Awareness Day

24th: United Nations Day

30th: British Summer time ends

31st: Halloween



1st: All Saints Day

4th: National Stress Awareness Day

5th: Guy Fawkes Day/ Bonfire night

10th: Remembrance Sunday

11th: Armistice Day

14th: World Diabetes Day

15th - 21st: Enterprise Week

16th - 20th: Anti Bullying Week

16th - 22nd: Road Safety Week

19th: World Toilet Day

20th: Universal Children's Days

13th: BBC Children in Need Appeal

21st: World Television Day

21st: World Hello Day

28th - 6th: National Tree Week

30th: St Andrews Day


28th - 6th: National Tree Week

6th: St Nicholas Day

21st: Winter Solstice

25th: Christmas Day



5th: Twelfth Night

25th-27th: Big Garden Birdwatch

18th - 24th: Energy Saving Week

30th - 6th: National Storytelling Week

30th: RNLI SOS Day


30th - 6th: National Storytelling Week

12th: Chinese New Year



4th: World Book Day

5th - 14th: British Science Week

18th: Global Recycling Day

19th: Red Nose Day