Giving your community a dedicated space (or upgrading an existing one) is an excellent way to strengthen your community. When you have a space that you can use, you can help to support your community in different ways.
You can use it to hold events and offer a meeting space to people. Sometimes you might find an appropriate building to buy or rent, but the appropriate option is often to construct something that works for your needs.
You can choose what it looks like and what facilities it has so you don’t have to try and adapt an existing place to your needs. However, it’s an expensive thing to do, so you have to be able to raise the money you need.
Cost and Budget Your Building
Before thinking about how to get the money you need, you need to know how much money is required. Costing your project can be complicated, but you can get help from architects and contractors who will help you. There are plenty of ways to keep your costs down too.
You can look into prefab metal church buildings if you want to build a place of worship that’s cost-effective and still looks great. The materials used can help you save money and you can also find ways to save on labor, including by tapping into community skills.
Collect from Your Community
Regular collections from your community can help you to raise the funds that you need for your new building. If you have regular meetings or events, it can give you a chance to take collections at the door or pass around a plate, dish, or bucket for people to contribute to.
There may also be other events that are not directly run by your community group, but where you can get permission to carry out a collection.
Host Fun Events
Fundraising events can be a lot of fun and they’re a great way to raise community spirit and morale. There are all sorts of events that you could host as an opportunity to raise money. You could run a race, throw a party, hold a silent auction, set up a family picnic or barbecue, and many other things.
You can also have virtual events or perhaps encourage people to do individual fundraising and sponsorship tasks. For example, you could get people to walk or run a certain distance but allow them to do it in their own time.
Get Business Sponsorship
Business sponsorship is often a good option for raising lots of money at once. Businesses can help you out by sponsoring your community project, sponsoring an event, or perhaps allowing you to fundraise in their stores or collecting money for you. You can provide something for businesses in return, from recognition for their contribution to the use of your space when it’s ready to be used. They can receive publicity from their sponsorship and they also get to help their local community.
If you want to raise money for a new community building, set out a plan that will help you to reach your goal.