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How to Open a Community Center

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Steps to Successfully Opening a Community Center

A neighborhood community center can be the place people get together to celebrate one another and the community itself. A well-managed community center is particularly useful in filling resource and support gaps in your neighborhood, drawing people of all different backgrounds together, resulting in a tighter community. However, starting a community center can be a difficult journey if you don’t know the steps required to begin. Partnering with a team like Sports Facility Management can help you navigate the complicated process. Today, SFM will discuss some of the steps you can take to begin your journey towards opening a community center.

Organize a Community Center Committee

One of the most important steps you can take during this process is recruiting members of your community together to work towards your goal. Having a team available to take up different roles in the process will allow you to streamline and speed up completion of your community center. Different specialists can work towards your different goals. For instance, you will need someone in charge of raising funding, someone to work with local officials, marketing specialists, and more.

Draw Up a Proposal

In order to receive public funding, it is important to draft a proposal outlining your plans. This should include details such as:
  • Services and resources you will offer the community that are not currently available
  • Private funding estimates
  • Budget plans
  • Estimated completion timeline
  • Proposed location
  • Any other relevant information
The more information you can gather and draw up in your proposal the better. Create a mission statement, and make your priorities — and the ways your committee plans to meet them — clear.

Find Potential Property

Location is everything. Not only will it impact the odds that your community center becomes a reality, but it will also have a major impact on the success of your center once it is open. You don’t need to find an exact area, but you should certainly have sites that could be potentially successful. You want areas that are easily accessible to the population you serve.

Find Funding

Perhaps the biggest roadblock to your community center becoming a reality is the funding aspect. Finding and securing funding will be a large part of the pre-construction phase. You will want to meet with potential donors early in the process to secure donations. Depending on what you hope to offer at your community center, you can contact:
  • Local businesses
  • Religious groups
  • Charities
  • Corporate foundations
  • Philanthropists
  • Media organizations
You may also want to apply for government funding through grants and loans.

Contact Sports Facility Management

Perhaps the most impactful step you can take to make your community center a reality is by partnering with a trusted, experienced management team like Sports Facility Management. We have helped dozens of sports-related facilities go from plan to reality. If you are looking to successfully open a community center in your city, contact SFM today at 727-474-3845.

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