Funding Available for Return of Grassroots Football in England
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:
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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