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Funding Available for Return of Grassroots Football in England

17 March 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

A national fund is providing support to Disability Leagues, FA Women's National League Clubs (Tiers 3-4 of the Women's Football Pyramid), Professional Club Community Trusts, Charter Standard Clubs and community organisations who deliver football activity to restart or create new activity following the period of COVID-19 restrictions.

Applications are invited from football clubs and organisations providing football activity in England. Eligible organisation types include:

  • Clubs and organisations who provide football activity at a facility located within Decile 1-3 of the IMD - including:
    • Charter Standard Community Clubs.
    • Charter Standard Youth Clubs.
    • Charter Standard Development Clubs.
    • Charter Standard Adult Clubs.
    • Not-for-profit community organisations (must be constituted and have a bank account) - for example:
      • Faith groups.
      • Youth clubs.
  • Disability Leagues.
  • FA Women's National League Clubs (Tiers 3-4 of the Women's Football Pyramid).
  • Professional Club Community Organisations.

Grant must be used towards either:

  • Returning to football - restarting football activity across all groups. The Football Foundation particularly seeks to support applications with a focus on disability, BAME, women's or walking football groups that have lapsed due to lockdown and COVID-19.
  • New football activity - delivering new football activity that was cancelled due to lockdown and COVID-19.

The maximum grant available depends on the type of organisation applying, as follows:

  • Professional Club Community Organisations - £2,500.
  • Disability Leagues - £2,500.
  • FA Women's National League Clubs (Tiers 3-4 of the Women's Football Pyramid) - £2,000.
  • Charter Standard Community Clubs - £2,000.
  • Charter Standard Development Clubs - £1,000.
  • Charter Standard Youth Clubs - £750.
  • Charter Standard Adult Clubs - £500.
  • Not-for-profit community groups - £500.

The deadline for applications is 28 March 2021.

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For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    The Football Foundation
    10 Eastbourne Terrace
    W2 6LG
    Tel: 0345 345 4555
    Email: [email protected]


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