Just check our dedicated section which details the ways that the Football Foundation and several other organisations can help your group. For a bit of inspiration, check out our news section for regular success stories! If you’re pushing your club forward, then we want to hear from you!
If you are looking to improve your football facilities, which could involve refurbishing and improving changing rooms, natural grass pitch improvements and 3G football turf pitch development then please contact Brendan Walshe, County Development Manager, on (01245) 393075 or via E-Mail at email@example.com. Brendan will be able advise and guide you as to the best way forward and likelihood of success before you spend time completing an FA Expression of Interest Form here: www.footballfoundation.org.uk/funding-schemes.
Please Note: If you have already started work on your project (i.e. building/ construction has begun) then it is unlikely your project will be eligible for funding.
The Football Foundation
The Football Foundation is one of sport’s biggest charities, offering a variety of funding schemes to suit every type of project. The Football Foundation requires projects to have been discussed with the local County FA before being submitted. This is to ensure that projects fit into the County Football Strategy and offer value for money. What can be funded? Development posts, education/training opportunities, facility hire, equipment, coaching costs, promotion costs, learning centres, social inclusion projects. Visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk.
Barclays Spaces for Sport Scheme
This scheme is aiming to create and improve facilities across the Country. This is a closed scheme, which means that it is not open to applications. Instead the projects are identified by existing sources such as the Football Foundation and Groundwork. If you would like further information on this scheme contact the Football Foundation on (020) 7534 4284 or visit www.barclays.co.uk/spacesforsports.
In addition to the facilities projects, Barclays are also offering 1,200 coaching equipment packs to groups throughout the Country. For further information on this scheme please click below. Visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk/our-schemes/corporate-partner-programmes/barclays. Community Development Foundation One of the key aims of this scheme is to bring together communities from different races and faiths, and promote a shared sense of belonging (community cohesion). Grants are available up to £12,000. Applications for this scheme are done on a round by round basis. To view the dates of each round and for further information visit www.communityfoundations.org.uk.
Jack Petchey Foundation
Grants are available for projects based in Essex that benefit people aged 11-25. Organisations may apply for between £500 and £50,000. To be eligible organisations must be charities or have charitable purposes. This scheme is likely to support projects such as: clubs and youth groups that demonstrate that they are enabling individuals to achieve their potential, take control of their lives and contribute to society as a whole the training of youth leaders, projects that help develop self-esteem through involving young people in sport and other worthwhile activities, schools and other training establishments so that they can provide a better service to young people (care is taken not to give grants where statutory funding is available), volunteer projects, schemes that tackle the problems faced by young people from ethnic minority groups, projects where there is "match funding" or demonstrable support from those involved with the organisation. For further information and an application form visit www.jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk.
Designed to encourage new or additional sponsorship investment from businesses, trusts and private individuals, Sportsmatch, funded by Sport England, will continue to offer pound-for-pound matched funding to sporting stakeholders for projects that encourage sports participation at grass roots level. The fund has the following priority groups: women and girls sports, ethnic minorities, disability groups, schools, activities taking place in areas of urban or rural deprivation. For more information visit www.sportsmatch.co.uk.
Big Lottery Fund
The Lottery fund is separated into a number of different programmes. Below are the programmes that may offer opportunities for sport. The programme will fund projects in buildings that benefit communities and house a range of activities and services open to a broad range of local people. Grants are available of between £50,000 and £500,000. The programme could support a variety of projects of different sizes and types including refurbishing existing facilities, redevelopment and extension of community buildings, new buildings (where no other options exist), purchase of buildings (where no other options exist).
These projects will typically take place in buildings such as village halls, community centres and other buildings that are accessible to the wider community. The programme is open to voluntary and community organisations and parish councils in England. Voluntary and community organisations include charities, not for profit companies, credit unions, social and community enterprises, and community based co-operatives. Visit www.nof.org.uk.
Awards for All
This funding scheme awards £300 to £10,000 for people to take part in sport. The scheme is open to not-for-profit organisations, parish and town councils, schools and health bodies. These are examples of what Awards for All could fund: publicity materials, venue hire, computers, research costs, transport costs, volunteers’ expenses, updating equipment for health and safety reasons, refurbishment, training, sessional staff, fees to hire equipment. For more information and an application form visit www.awardsforall.org.uk/england/index.html.