Is play a frivolous activity? We don’t think so and nor do our funders, who have the wisdom and foresight to know that investment in play is an investment in the future. For this they deserve our deepest gratitude, because without them, we couldn’t do what we do.
Big Lottery - Reaching Communities
Our biggest current funder is supporting us through a three year grant to deliver the London Play Streets project. We are working with residents in 12 boroughs to activate play on their streets - with the aim of inspiring nothing short of a London Play Street revolution. Two years in we are exceeding our targets and have our sights set on expanding play streets into play quarters, child-friendly neighbourhoods where the community works together for children to exercise autonomy and freedom in their daily lives.
Heritage Lottery Fund
Children have been playing since time immemorial, so the heritage of play is a rich seam to mine. Having supported our Evacuee Play Trove and Play Streets Past and Present projects, the good people at HLF are funding a third initiative; Dora Explorers. This fascinating project has seen us working with school children to research how life was for children during WWI and comparing restrictions on their freedom to play then, and now.
City Bridge Trust
London's 80 or so adventure playgrounds are unique and wonderful assets to our great capital - providing the highest quality of play experience, for free, to children in some of London's most deprived areas. Yet despite their myriad benefits, they are under threat from cuts and news of decades-old playgrounds permanently shutting their gates are becoming commonplace. With the valuable support of the City Bridge Trust, our Play Works project aims to equip adventure playgrounds with the tools to make arguments for funding with hard evidence as to their social impacts.
To deliver excellent projects, an organisation needs a strong core. With the vast majority of our funding directed at delivering projects, we are really grateful to have some of our core costs covered by the Tudor Trust. Three years of core funding from the Trust is enabling us strengthen our strategic focus and we are in the process of developing a five-year business plan to guide us through the future.
Henry Surtees Foundation
The Henry Surtees Foundation has generously supported our popular Go Kart Build and Race each year since 2015. The Foundation was set up by John Surtees in memory of his son Henry who died in a racing accident in 2009. Among its priorities is to support the advancement of young people in life “by helping them to develop their skills, capacities and capabilities so that they can participate in society as independent, mature and responsible individuals.” www.henrysurteesfoundation.com
The Worshipful Company of Fanmakers
The fanmakers have been sponsoring the 'Coolest Place to Play' award at the annual London Adventure Play Awards for a few years now. We are really happy that we can in turn give a bit of support to adventure playgrounds and look forward to their annual visit to our offices complete with gold chains, red velvet cushions and other trappings of their office!