Fundraising Ideas and Resources

There are many ways branches can raise money, from simply asking for donations, to organising fundraising events.

Organising Events


Sponsored Events
- find out about past success stories and step-by-step instructions organising an event.

Lock Winds - Lock Winds offer a way to raise funds and engage boaters and towpath-users, and can be used to promote IWA’s work, locally and nationally with a view to recruiting new members.

Applying for Grants


Grant Funding Opportunities
- information on grant funding opportunities.

Applying for Grants - Find out how to go about applying for grants.

Other Fundraising Opportunities


Advertising in branch newsletters
(requires login) - Advertising in a branch newsletter can be an easy source of money that can often turn into regular income.

Branch Sales Stands (requires login) - Branch sales officers can purchase supplies of IWA christmas cards and calendars, books, chandlery and other stock advertised on iwashop.com from Head Office at discounts. 

Donations & Gift Aid (requires login) - Gift Aid is a Government scheme that allows charities to reclaim up to 25% on donations made to them.

Raffles - Running a raffle can be a great way to involve the community, and to raise funds for your cause.

Speaking for other organisations - speakers can ask for fees or donations which could be put towards branch funds. Speakers could talk about IWA or any waterway topic they have knowledge of. See our current list of speakers and details about how to get added to the list.




Legal Stuff

Organisers of fundraising activities such as lotteries, raffles, tombolas, Club 100s and other similar ventures should be aware of the legal requirements to hold such activities. For detailed guidance on the legal requirements see the information on raffles.

Fundraising Links

Organising Events

Sponsored Events
Lock Winds

Applying for Grants

Grant Funding Opportunities
Applying for Grants

Other Fundraising Opportunities

Raffles
Speaking

Officers Pages

(require login)
Advertising in newsletters
Branch Sales Stands
Donations & Gift Aid