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.
Fundraising ideas from P&Cs
Be inspired by what other ACT P&Cs have done!
- Bingo night "less work than a trivia night!"
- Special lunches
- A Games Night got high school kids involved!
- Leveraging smaller, more focused events rather than a full-scale fete
- Online auctions
- Father's Day movie night
- Whole school bike ride!
- COVID-safe ideas
- Online fete!
- Raise funds while recycling with the container deposit scheme
Or join our Canberra P&C Leaders Group on Facebook to crowd source ideas or opinions!
More fundraising ideas and resources
Check out these articles:
The Funding Centre also has a range of ideas, templates and resources
Fetes and Fairs
Here's an article to step you through promoting your big event.
Our article on making your big event low-waste may be of interest.
ACTsmart have free signage and bin lids so you can recycle at your events.
Keeping it Healthy
See this comprehensive guide with great ideas.
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.
COVID regulations and lockdowns have made it trickier to find appropriate fundraisers; and money is tight in many communities. In the 2020 lockdown we saw parent associations adapting - read what two P&Cs did or how another took their fete online!
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? Leverage that!
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.
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.