Fundraising Tips & Ideas
Because your new team will be created, led, and staffed by student volunteers, your costs should be relatively low. You will, however, need funding for uniforms and basic equipment, like a banner or pom-poms. You may decide to pass on this expense to the parents of your participants. If, however, you want to offer the program free of charge, you will find that many people and organizations are eager to help fund your program. Here are some ideas for funding sources:
The Sparkle Effect, Inc: Check out our uniform grants and free on-site training! Our uniform grant process is designed to be straightforward and simple. Just fill out the two-page application and attach two letters of reference: one from a coach or administrator at your school and one from the parent of a cheerleader or dancer with a disability who participates on your team. Once we receive your complete application, you will receive an answer within a week!
School Administration: Schools usually have discretionary funds - money that has not been specifically designated for any particular purpose. Ask whether your school has money available that could be used to help fund your program.
Athletic Boosters: Meet with your school’s athletic boosters to see if they are willing to purchase the uniforms or equipment for your new team. The boosters may also allow you to participate in pre-existing fundraising opportunities to earn money for your squad’s expenses.
PTAs: Find out whether the PTAs across your school district might be willing to share the cost of uniforms.
Local Rotary or Optimist Club: Do you have a local Rotary or Optimist Club in your community? If so, inquire about funds they may have available in the form of grants. Be sure to meet all grant application deadlines and enlist the help of a parent or teacher at your school to help you prepare the application.
Do Something: This awesome national organization funds youth-led and youth-driven projects. Do Something gives $500 start-up grants every week to help start projects or to fund existing projects! Check out: www.dosomething.org.