Here you'll find ways that you could fundraise or seek funding for youth programmes and activities. This is not a comprehensive list but will helpfully help get you started!
Community-based youth work funding opportunities:
The Salvation Army Public Relationships Department is sometimes able to source funding opportunities for youth programmes and activities. Generally, these opportunities are for more community based youth work as they are often secular funding avenues. The following information is provided by PR.
To apply for funding:
1. Obtain endorsement from your Corps Officer or Centre Manager
2. Contact your Divisional Public Relations Coordinator to discuss your fundraising options and how they might be able to support you.
The Divisional PR Coordinators are as follows:
- Northern - Raewyn Butler
- Midland - Kay Worth
- Central - David Smith
- Southern - John Gardner
3. If considering seeking sponsorship or direct funding (i.e. trust applications) of $5000.00 or over, you must have endorsement from your Divisional Headquarters.
4. All trust or funding agency applications (regardless of dollar value) must obtain Territorial endorsement. This can be accessed via your Divisional PR Coordinator.
5. Please note the PR Department can provide specialist support in relation to trust/funding agency applications.
Church-based youth ministry funding opportunities:
The Salvation Army offers some other opportunities for fundraising or grants. Contact your corps officer or division for more information about any of these opportunities:
Divisional Grants - Divisions provide some grant opportunities for various ministries. There is certain criteria your ministry will need to meet and you will need to write a proposal for this. Talk to your corps officer to see if your idea could be appropriate for a divisional grant.
Leadership scholarships - As part of the new leadership goal under the Territorial Strategic Mission Plan, the territory offers scholarships for leadership opportunities (i.e. leadership conference or training opportunity). This is an application based scholarship that is offered twice a year. There is certain criteria you (or your idea) must meet and you must personally invest in the opportunity too. Talk to you corps officer for more info.
Jeff Trust - Jeff Trust offers funding grants for various youth programmes each year. Application forms are sent out to divisions/corps in February and applications are due in early March. There is specific criteria your proposal must meet and this can be found on the application form. Talk to your corps officer for more information.
Simple ideas for fundraising:
There are plenty of ways to raise funds that you are able to achieve yourself! We have compiled a short list of ideas that you could have a go at and raise some money!
- Car wash - a classic fundraiser. You only need a few supplies, a couple of hours and some advertising around your corps and around your community. You probably won't make huge dollars, but it's simple and easily repeated.
- Cake auction - a lot of fun. Ask people to provide cakes and have a cake auction after church. Get a great auctioneer and you'll bring in the dollars. Best not to repeat this often as it relies on just your corps family member's money.
- Sausage sizzle - easy and relies on a small group. Get some BBQ supplies and put on a sausage sizzle outside your corps, or organise it with your local Warehouse or Bunnings, or at community events or sports games. Not a high profit margin but a simple way to get a few $$.
- Bake sale - another take on the cake auction. Ask people to bake goods to be sold, and set up at church or a local community event. Less interactive than the cake auction but far more variety. Make your stall look great and get your young people manning it - sure to bring in some dollars.
- Quiz night - big effort but big profit. Quizzes take a bit of organising but often bring in a lot more money than other fundraisers. Organise a quiz night and charge teams to enter (could provide a few snacks but sell other drinks etc.). Contact local businesses to donate prizes or vouchers. Make it family friendly and you'll have a great turnout.
- Dinner night or lunch after church - a lot of effort, but worth it. Put on a family friendly dinner or lunch and charge people to attend. Set-up the venue nicely, have young people serving and get some volunteers in the kitchen. Could have some young people entertaining too. There is a large set-up cost involved with groceries etc. but if you advertise well and put on a slick event, you'll be able to make it back and a lot more!
- Stocktake at a local business - tiring but easy. Contact local businesses (Bunnings, Mitre 10 are good places) and see if they have any stocktaking opportunities coming up. This is generally a very long slog and requires young people to really get into it but it's a simple enough way to fundraise.
- Movie fundraiser - fun and easy. Get in touch with a local movie theatre and have movie fundraiser. Most places provide the option of hiring out one of their cinemas, and all you need to do is choose a good movie and sell the tickets! This relies on friends and family to support the cause but most people love supporting young people.