Some dojos have secured funding from local governments, educational bodies, tech initiatives, etc. You should determine whether any such funding is available in your area and whether your Dojo is eligible to apply for it. The letter below is aimed towards a local government audience and can be adapted accordingly.
Subject: Funding for our CoderDojo
I am in the process of establishing a free after-school coding club for young people in our community, as part of the CoderDojo movement.
CoderDojo is a global, volunteer-led movement that organises free computer clubs for young people aged 7–17, and there are more than 1600 clubs (Dojos) in countries all over the world. At a Dojo, young people explore technology and learn how to code in a fun, relaxed environment. CoderDojo gives young people confidence, new friends, and valuable skills for the future, and it can open up new avenues for children who might not otherwise have such learning opportunities. You can find out more at coderdojo.com.
[A sentence about the Dojo looking for support, include where it runs, how often and how many young people are part of it.]
Dojos are organised, run, and mentored by volunteers, and since CoderDojo’s inception, all Dojos have been completely free and open to all young people who wish to attend. As such, we are reaching out to you for funding.
There are several ways in which your organisation can help us:
- In-kind contribution: This can be, for example, allowing the use of your facility to host a Dojo, or donating old equipment to support our CoderDojo.
- Fiscal support: A monetary donation to cover specific or general Dojo costs (e.g. to cover insurance costs).
- Provision of technical volunteers (mentors): To assist the young people during Dojo sessions.
With your help, our Dojo will be able provide many benefits to the community:
- Giving local children the opportunity to learn new skills, no matter their background
- Engaging young people in technology; promoting their creativity, innovative thinking, and entrepreneurship; and empowering them to use technology to create positive change and solve problems in their community
- Connecting people of all ages who share similar interests, enabling new friendships to form in which people help one another, share knowledge, and create things together
- Fostering a stronger sense of community by allowing the formation of positive relationships across different age groups and generations
Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you are interested in supporting our Dojo, or if you would like to learn more about the CoderDojo movement, please contact me at [Dojo email address].
Champion, CoderDojo [Dojo name]