After a year of having to obtain various permissions to build our track (its on an historic england site) we have finally been given the go ahead to build. we are so pleased with this but some members have had to put a lot of work in, surveying drawing up plans etc etc, we have even been stewarding at a local boot sale to save up funds for the club.
Now the hard part starts, you all know that its not cheap to build a track, especially with the restrictions that we have to adhere too.
The reason i am posting on here is we need funding, can anyone tell me where this is available, we will try the obvious like the lottery fund but there must be other organisations who are willing to give money to this cause, we are in the grounds of a community centre and its used by lots of groups including a group of railway modellers, so please if you know of anyone that may give us money please let me know.
Hi George, As you do not give an indication of your whereabouts (I know you say England) it is a little hard to give specific advice. Here in Western Australia we have used the following resources -
Lotteries West - local lotto government organisation who distribute profits to 'Not for profit' organisations / charities Sausage sizzles - local machinery sales company open days (they also offered members a discount on tooling) and Bunnings (like B&Q) Internal raffles and equipment sales Contacting local steel merchants for sponsership /reduced pricing as a 'donation' to the local community
Just a few options to start you with. Hope it goes well
Argus oscillator built, Blowfly and Northumbrian being built, What's next?
George's thread heading is Exeter club progress, and he mentions that the track is in anhistoric England site. That means Exeter in Devon, England.
Good luck with the new track. As Pete suggests, contact local businesses to get sponsorship. I'm guessing that the site you are on will not allow advertising boards, but you may be able to show advertising on removable boards put up when you are down there working and removed when you leave. Something to investigate locally. The Lottery Fund may be prepared to help as you are in the community centre grounds. The criteria for Lottery money is that the project is for the benefit of the public, so public running days, when up and running, would be a 'must', though I'm guessing that is a condition of your occupying the site.