Facilities and Funding

If you’re looking to improve your football facilities, which could involve refurbishing and improving changing rooms, natural grass or 3G artificial turf pitches, take a look at the options below or get in touch with us as there may be funding available to assist you..

We're grateful to a number of external and partner organisations for their valuable financial input into grassroots football. We would strongly recommend that you contact our County Development Manager, Brendan Walshe on (01245) 393075 or via E-Mail at brendan.walshe@essexfa.com before starting any process. Brendan will be able to advise and guide you as to the best way forward and the likelihood of success, before you spend time developing your project.

Browse the links below to read more about some of the well known funding sources to see if you're eligible for support:

FA National Facilities Strategy
FA Pitch Improvement Programme
Football Stadia Improvement Fund
Grow the Game
Replacement Goalpost Funding
Other Funding Sources

3G Pitches: If a 3G pitch is not on The FA's approved list then it cannot be used for affiliated football matches. The list continues to be added to as more 3G pitches are tested. The link below is to The FA's official register. Just select 'Essex' from the drop down box (next to County FA heading) to see the pitches that have passed the 3G pitch test within the county. There are also some pitches which Essex clubs use that appear on the 'London' list, so it may also be appropriate to check this on occasions. Click here to browse the register.

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