Welcome to Rocket Fund

It's a simple process...

  • Create a project
  • Share with everyone
  • Hit your target
  • Write a review
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You have the following projects in draft state:

How it works

The process

1.Teachers create a project to fundraise for something they think would make a difference to their class
2.They share the project with their contacts (friends / alumni / parents / local community)
3.People donate to the projects they want to support
4. We collect the donations and transfer them as a single payment to the school's bank account 5.Teachers review the products they receive to help other teachers in the future

Who are the funders?

Your funders will be people from your personal network, your school's network and complete strangers! Parents, friends and family are a great place to start. Then go beyond, to the local community, school suppliers and alumni. How many people your project reaches is up to you! We’ll also do our best to share your project with our networks to maximise donations.

How much can I raise?

We cap your first project at £1,500. This is to help maximise your chances of success, as the lower the target, the easier it is to reach! You can add a stretch target if you'd like to raise more, or split your project into two.

Can I raise more than my funding target?

If you hit your target (woohoo!), then we will contact you to ask if you'd like to add a stretch target (up to double how much you've already raised).

How do I create a project?

Glad you asked! Checkout these videos we've created to explain the process.

What is a project?

When you publish your idea, we call it a project. For your idea to become a project, you must have a clear goal and be able to explain how your project will benefit your students.

Who can post a project?

If you’re employed in a UK school / college / pre-school and your project is for the direct benefit of students, then you’re eligible to sign up.

What are my responsibilities?

You pick the products your classroom needs and write your pitch. When it's published, you need to share as much as possible (don't worry, we'll send you tips on how to do this). If your project meets its funding goal, we’ll ask you and your students to thank your donors with notes and photos of the project in action once the products arrive.

After a couple of months of using the product, we’ll also ask for a review / case study to help other teachers in the future.

What's all-or-nothing funding?

We ask you for two amounts - the minimum you need, and your ultimate target. Funds only change hands if a project has reached its minimum once it hits its end date. We recommend setting the minimum at the smallest amount you need to complete your project.

Does it cost anything?

Nope! Rocket Fund is totally free to use. We currently cover our costs via grant funding from Nesta and other partners.

What happens once I reach my target?

If you reach your minimum target by your funding deadline then woohoo! You did it! Once you've stopped celebrating, we will ask you for your school's bank details so we can transfer the money you've raised.

How long does the process take?

You can create your first project in about 20 minutes (even faster when you get the hang of it!). Our team will then review and post your project in about 3 days or at the start of the next wave. We will set you a fundraising deadline of 1 month from when your project is published. Once your project is funded, we’ll aim to transfer the money within 2 weeks.

Who owns the products?

Any materials or resources you raise money for should be directly experienced by the students as described in your pitch. Resources are property of the school for which they were initially requested, so future classes can continue to benefit.

Start a Project! or learn how to create an awesome project at our Academy
Rocket Fund is a pilot project by Nesta. Nesta is a registered charity in England and Wales 1144091 and Scotland SC042833