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Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business.




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Barclays Community Football Fund 2023 Invites Applications

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14 February 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Grants are available for not-for-profit groups in the UK to help improve access to football for all by running football activities for underrepresented groups. This is only open to new groups who have not already received a grant through this fund.

Now in its second year, Barclays Bank in partnership with the Sported Foundation is offering small grants of £500 to groups that are running football activities for one or more of the following underrepresented groups: women and girls, young people with disabilities, young people from racially diverse communities, young people from the LGBTQ+ community and young people from lower socio-economic groups.

Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations including community groups, youth groups and traditional football clubs that:

  • Deliver football activities to young people under the age of 25 years, or are wanting to start.
  • Already include an offering for girls, or are wanting to start delivering girls’ football.
  • Have the aspiration and capacity to grow their membership of young people from underrepresented groups.

The funding can be used for anything that will support project delivery.

Typical examples of costs might include a contribution towards:

  • Venue hire including floodlights and heating.
  • Coaching costs
  • Volunteer expenses
  • Equipment
  • Kit
  • Marketing and communications
  • Training and qualifications
  • Insurances and affiliation

The fund is currently open until 31 December 2023. However, it may close earlier if a large volume of applications is received.


How To Apply

The fund has re-opened for applications and is currently open until 31 December 2023. However, it may close earlier if a large volume of applications is received.

The scheme runs from April 2022 to December 2024. During this time, there are no application deadlines. Applications will be accepted at any time as long as funding is available.

The FAQs, application guidance, and online application form can be found on the Sported website.


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