See our information sheet on licensing requirements for common fundraisers.
School-based P&C fundraisers involving food also come under the Education Directorate's Food and Drink Policy.
**COVID & fundraising**
COVID regulations and lockdowns have made it trickier to find appropriate fundraisers; and money is tight in many communities. But in the 2020 lockdown we saw parent associations adapting - read what two P&Cs did or how another took their fete online!
The good news is that many fundraising companies have adapted to contactless, and actually made the fundraisers easier to run. And you can work with the COVID-world...
Working with the COVID world
Cast your eye over what life looks like right now. What have COVID lockdowns turned attention to in your community? What are people looking for that you could sell to them? Perhaps cooking or baking or art or gardening is where people are turning their attention. Leverage that!
Perhaps you could create a school cookbook (with help from a specialist fundraising company, or like this ACT P&C did), or hold a baking competition with a small entry fee - if you can't taste the entries, it could be the best looking cake or tallest loaf of bread; or perhaps every one who enters goes into the draw for a prize. You could sell Gingerbread house kits or Cookie dough.
Some things work really well online. Like an online auction if you can get items donated. Online exhibitions and competitions can work well too - photography, drawing, lego-building or cake decorating. You can charge an entry fee, or use it as a community building activity rather than to raise funds.
Some of our P&C have had great experiences with an online raffle run by Rafflelink.
We're excited to see someone try a walk/run-a-thon where kids pledge to walk or run a certain number of steps or kilometres in their suburb, then gather sponsorship, record their efforts and call in the donations. Text-to-donate (where people can donate via a text) could be a useful technology for this or other fundraisers.
There are many very practical fundraisers out there, selling thing that people always need - Socks, meat trays. Some new 'background' fundraisers are worth considering.
There are more COVID-friendly fundraisers here that could work depending on the level of restriction.
Keeping it Healthy
See this comprehensive guide with great ideas.
Fundraising ideas and resources
We also have a couple of articles to help:
Fetes and Fairs
We have a template to help you manage risks at your next event (word doc) NEW!!
Here's an article to step you through promoting your big event.
The Fundraising Directory have a great Sausage Sizzle Guide.
Nutrition Australia and ACT Healthy have created Think Outside the Snag which looks at planning your sizzle, food safety and alternative foods to BBQ from chicken wraps to corn!
We have also found a healthier sausage so that your BBQ is not automatically a "red" food event.
See also this Food Safety Factsheet for schools.
Schools Plus has fundraising assistance for low-SES schools.