Source: Synthetic Turf Council(Atlanta, Ga.) - Recognizing that raising funds for synthetic turf fields has become more challenging in light of the economic conditions of the past few years, the Synthetic Turf Council has created a new Funding Strategies Toolkit for prospective buyers. The packet is available as a free download at www.syntheticturfcouncil.org.

"We've spoken to numerous athletic directors, booster clubs, coaches and administrators nationwide who passionately want to bring a synthetic turf field to their school but lack the financial means," explained Rick Doyle, President of the Synthetic Turf Council. "This kit helps individuals learn how to raise funds, build a planning committee and much more."

Whether you're at the early stages of field approval, or ready to hire an experienced design professional or consultant, STC's Funding Strategies Toolkit features easy-to-follow steps. Content includes educational materials, fundraising ideas, tips on gaining community support and overall recommendations for bringing synthetic turf to one's school and community. The packet also contains a customizable PowerPoint template that users can leverage to gain buy-in from local school boards and other community influencers.

Education is an important focus for the STC. Its website contains research, studies and position papers from federal agencies, governing bodies and independent sources worldwide. In addition to the Fundraising Strategies Toolkit, other resources include Guidelines for Synthetic Turf Performance, Synthetic Turf 360°, A Guide for Today's Synthetic Turf, Glossary of Terms for Synthetic Turf, Technical Guidelines and the Online Buyer's Guide.

About the Synthetic Turf Council Based in Atlanta, the Synthetic Turf Council was founded in 2003 to promote the industry and to assist buyers and end users with the selection, use and maintenance of synthetic turf systems in sports field, golf, municipal parks, airports, landscape and residential applications. The organization is also a resource for current, credible, and independent research on the safety and environmental impact of synthetic turf. Membership includes builders, landscape architects, testing labs, maintenance providers, manufacturers, suppliers, installation contractors, infill material suppliers and other specialty service companies. For more information, visit www.syntheticturfcouncil.org.

Emily Attwood is Managing Editor of Athletic Business.