Funding Help and Advice


Do you need new school or I.T. equipment, or are you looking to make improvements to your outdoor space?

Download our free funding guide now which outlines a selection of funding opportunities open to schools and communities, plus it includes useful tips and advice on how to create a successful application.

Able Canopies Funding Guide

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Many schools, pre-schools and colleges have felt the squeeze from cuts that have been made to their budget and are under increasing pressure to make what budget they have go as far as possible. This can be present a real challenge, with much needed equipment and improvements to site simply out of their budget.

One way to help fund much needed equipment and improvements to your building or outdoor space is to apply for funding from funding providers and grant making trusts. There are many out there - particularly for schools, non profit groups, health bodies and communities who want to improve the lives and learning experiences of young people.

For more information please contact us today!

Latest Funding Opportunities for Education Facilities & Communities

To find out about even more funding opportunities for schools, nurseries and communities, click on the links below:

 Our Top Tips when Applying for Funding:

  1. Involve the whole school community/organisation in your plans – it's great to also show you have done this in your application and explain how the funding will help benefit everyone.
  2. Obtains accurate costs for the project- we will happily supply do a site survey and quotation to allow you to know exactly how much is required for our products.
  3. Only contact funders if you meet their criteria – a call before filling in the application form to check you meet their criteria will help ensure you don't spend time applying to funders who can't help you.
  4. Give yourself plenty of time to apply before the funds are needed- it can often take several months for a funder to reach a decision about your application.
  5. Give funders the information they have requested and in the form they have asked for it in, most funders are faced with many more "good" applications than they can fund so don't risk of being rejected because you haven't provided what they have asked for.
  6. Be honest about your situation and what you want the funding for, funders will like to see a genuine application, not one which just says what you think they want to hear
  7. Be specific about exactly what you will use the funding for, why there is a need for the product or work you need funded and how the funded product will make a difference.
  8. Don't give up! In the current economic situation and with the number of applications far exceeding the available funds of most funders you may find you are not always successful. Don't despair if you get turned down – see what you can learn from the experience and keep trying.
  9. As well as applying to funding organisations you could also try to contact local companies and local branches of national companies. A parent/or friend who works at the company is a great way in! 

Good luck with your funding!

Here are some testimonials from some of the schools who have taken our funding advice:

"Fantastic service from the first time we contacted you to the completed installation. Fitted by a brilliant team who are great ambassadors for your company. 100% professionalism. 100% satisfaction." 

Director of Sport - Stafford Sports College, Staffordshire

"The installation went very smoothly and we are all pleased with the results.  Thanks for  the assistance regarding the planning application and also  installation team and yourselves for providing a  professional service."

Pastures Community Centre, Northampton

“I have used Able Canopies to install two shelter outside of our Nursery and reception buildings in order to develop our outdoor learning. We have also had a shelter installed for parents who are waiting for their children to offer protection from rain as well as very bright sunlight.

I have been extremely impressed with the Company who have been very professional and have delivered an excellent service. The administrative team in the office have always been very polite, knowledgeable and would keep me informed as to how things were progressing. The team who installed the shelters caused no disturbance whatsoever and we had all three installed during term time. The job was carried out very efficiently and well within the time allocated for the job.

We also received follow-up calls to make sure that we were happy with the service. I have no hesitation in recommending Able Canopies to other schools of other organisations.”

Head teacher - St Helen's Catholic Infant school, Walthamstow

Please note: Able Canopies Ltd. have not been endorsed by any charities/organisations in anyway. Our previous customers have that stated that they have successfully received funding from the sources we have mentioned on our website and Funding Guide and have passed them on for your information only.

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