5 Fundraising Tips for a New Artificial Turf Field
The upfront cost of a brand new artificial turf installation can seem insurmountable at first, but once you crunch the numbers, you’ll be happy to find that artificial turf has an incredibly high ROI.
In fact, artificial turf installation costs are often recovered within a few years just with the reduction in maintenance costs. Furthermore, you’ll be out of the red and into the black even quicker by renting out your new artificial turf field to teams and organizations during times when you wouldn’t be using it anyway.
So the challenge isn’t deciding if a new artificial turf field is worth the money, but where to get the money to install it. If you don’t have a pile of cash earmarked for a new artificial turf field, a little fundraising is probably in order.
Turfix is here to help make your dream artificial turf field a reality. Here are five fundraising tips to get started on your new artificial turf field project:
1. Call On the Booster Clubs
If there isn’t a booster club established for the many sports and teams that will be able to benefit from a new artificial turf field, now’s the time gather the troops and get those up and running! If you already have an arsenal of rock-solid booster clubs at the ready, be sure to suggest implementing a fundraising committee within the club dedicated solely to raising funds for a new artificial turf field.
2. Reach Out to Alumni
Keeping former students apprised of on-campus projects can pay off mightily. Make it easy for alumni to give by setting up online donation forms. Be sure to make these forms direct and easily accessible throughout your website so that interested supporters don’t get lost looking for them.
3. Apply for Grants
Money is out there, waiting to be awarded to facilities serious about making an artificial turf field a reality. Do a little research and see what federal, state and even local grants may be available. Additional funds can also come in the form of private grants, such as the USA Football Grant Program, which helps youth and school teams improve playing surfaces and recover from natural disasters.
4. Sell On-field Advertising and Naming Rights
Get local businesses involved by selling on-field ads space with signage around the field or even on the scoreboard. Auctioning off naming rights to the highest bidder is also a great way to raise a large chunk of money all at once to be able to install a new artificial turf field.
5. Launch a Crowdfunding Campaign
The strategy of asking a large number of strangers to donate money toward a specific cause has become a common funding strategy for everyone from entrepreneurs to people who need extra cash for an unforeseen medical emergency. The installation of an artificial turf field is certainly a worthwhile community cause that many would be happy to support via crowdfunding.
Implementing any or all of these ideas can significantly help ease the financial cost of installing an artificial turf field. At Turfix, we offer consulting services to current and prospective customers and love discussing all things turf with our clients. Contact Turfix today if you have any questions—we are experts in our field!