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Match Funding

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Hi
I have just taken on the role of marketing for the PTA. I have heard about match funding and was wondering what the rules are.
Who can I approach?
What type of companies/ organisations? e.g. size, banks only,
Does the request have to come from an employee of the company?
What are the benefits to companies that I can tempt them to sign up with?

anyone know the answers?

thanks Elaine:D

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  • Savvy_Sue
    Savvy_Sue Posts: 46,191 Forumite
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    Burybird1 wrote: »
    I have heard about match funding and was wondering what the rules are.
    I'm not aware there are any rules ...
    Burybird1 wrote: »
    Who can I approach?
    What type of companies/ organisations? e.g. size, banks only,
    I'm sure you can approach any company, however I'd have thought your only hope was if there is a significant local employer which would have a sensible number of links to the school, ie employs a fair few parents.
    Burybird1 wrote: »
    Does the request have to come from an employee of the company?
    In my experience, yes, however I've only come across it for employees doing a sponsored event. I guess you might be able to ask for matched funding on an event or for a project - if we raise £500, will you match it?

    If it's sponsorship, employees have to know about it, so publicising the scheme can come from both sides. From the PTA side, mentioning it at regular intervals - and especially when there is a sponsored event on the horizon - is probably the way to go.
    Burybird1 wrote: »
    What are the benefits to companies that I can tempt them to sign up with?
    That's your key question for employers who aren't already offering this. Obviously good publicity to pupils and parents is one, so you need to work out how you would ensure everyone knew about their generosity.

    BTW, one local estate agent used to have a bouncy castle with their name plastered all over it, they would lend it out to local schools at no charge. Not exactly matched funding but worth thinking about things local employers could provide.
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  • Robin9
    Robin9 Posts: 12,183 Forumite
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    Have a look at the Lottery funding - Awards For All - schemes.

    Match funding can take the form of actual money, other grants or your members hours volunteered.
    Never pay on an estimated bill
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