Ways to Raise Money for a Block Watch
- According to usaonwatch.org, you should never be afraid to ask for donations. This is because you will be no worse off if people say no, but if you never ask, you will have no chance at all. When soliciting, make sure to have a detailed description of your block watch's program on hand, as well as an explanation of why the watch is in need of funds. Whether you ask door-to-door or over the phone, make sure to be personable and respectful (don't call during dinnertime).
Apply for Grants
- Another option for raising money for a block watch is to apply for grants. There are grants available both at the national and local levels, which award funding to organizations aimed at improving communities, such as block watches. For information on national grants, visit http://www.grants.gov/. For local grants, check with your local city or town hall, or police station. Some municipalities provide grant funding through the fines they collect from felonies and misdemeanor crimes.
Throw a Block Party
- Throwing a block party is a great way to raise money while having fun. Everyone in your block watch can contribute an appetizer, main dish or desert, as well as any talents they might have (such as music, magic, or juggling) for entertainment.
You can sell tickets to the event beforehand or put out a collection box while the block party is going on.
Have a Rummage Sale
- According to nationalserviceresources.org, having a rummage sale is another way to raise money for a block watch. While you could have the sale outside, like a street sale, a better idea may be to hold it in a gymnasium or function hall (ideally the use of the space will be donated to your organization). Have members of your watch bring in unwanted items from their attics and basements and see how much revenue you can generate.
Hold an Auction
- You can hold an auction as an individual event or incorporate it into a rummage sale (in which case you would want to auction off the most expensive or unique pieces). Some ideas include auctioning off a week or weekend stay in a vacation home, or auctioning off chores around the neighborhood such as raking leaves or shoveling snow.