As you plan your program, ensure that your activities are cost-effective and the targets you set are attainable. To support your program’s growth, consider including a fundraising initiative that promotes physical activity. A group challenge, such as a walk-a-thon, dance-a-thon, golf tournament can engage participants and attract individual donors or organizational sponsors. Posters of possible events are available in the Resource Directory.
Funding agencies are another source of revenue. The application process can vary depending on the amount of work involved in the application and the time for funding decisions to be made. Before you submit an application or spend a lot of time writing your proposal, be sure to contact the funder to make sure your program is eligible. Many funders will also be happy to provide advice to help you strengthen your application. For funding sources for youth and adult programs and advice on writing proposals, see the Resource Directory.
Some funders look for applications that include strong partnerships with other community organizations. Partners can provide in-kind resources that take some pressure off your budget. They can also make your program more sustainable by reducing your reliance on one-time funding sources. See Partnerships for more information about working with other organizations.
Please let us know if you have other creative ideas or funding opportunities to share.