Featured Schemes

McDonald's KickStart Grants 2013 

McDonald’s are offering all clubs  one-off grants of between £500 to £2500 including VAT for a single project. This may be to improve club facilities, send parents or coaching staff on training courses, pitch hire, purchase grounds-keeping tools, mini-vans
or washing machines for example. An application must be submitted and approved prior to the project commencing for it to be considered eligible for a grant.

Sport England's new look Sportsmatch scheme can match sponsorship which has been given to an eligible sports body by a company, trust, charity, or private individual to fund projects that promote new participation at grassroots level. The minimum award is £1,000 and the maximum is £100,000. Please see the link below.


Football Foundation Stadia Improvement Fund

Clubs can apply for a higher percentage of financial support over a wider range of improvements than previously. These improvements range from new football stands and turnstiles to floodlighting and improved provision for disabled supporters. The key changes at Non-League level that will impact clubs down to Step 7 include: 

Clubs can apply for financial support of up to 50% of the total project cost for Steps 1 to 5 and 70% for Steps 6 and 7.

Hospitality areas have been made eligible throughout the Pyramid covering all types of food and drink outlets, from simple tea-bars to function suites, in order to provide greater revenue generation opportunities.

Grants are now available for several items such as players' and officials' protected walkways, press seating, team dug-outs, pitch maintenance equipment and ball stop netting, which were all previously ineligible.


Facilities Improvement Projects 


If you are planning a major facilities project, please download the information pack below. Please see the links below to the Football Foundation for more details and information.


Inspired Facilities Scheme

This is focused on making it easier for local community and volunteer groups to improve and refurbish sports clubs or transform non-sporting venues into modern grassroots sport facilities. Part of Places People Play, Sport England’s programme to deliver a London 2012 legacy of increased mass participation in sport, it is investing £50 million of National Lottery funding in up to 1000 community sports projects between 2011 and 2014. Please see the link below. St Agnes Sports Club received £50,000 from this fund to upgrade the changing rooms, officials' rooms, showers, kitchen, disabled facilities and toilets.


The Sport England Small Grants Programme

This funding stream aims to support local community sport projects which seek to increase participation, sustain participation or develop opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport. You can apply for any sum from £300 to £10,000 but the total project cost cannot exceed £50,000.


Football Foundation Build the Game

The Build the Game scheme provides small grants for small facility projects. The scheme has flexible criteria and there are many eligible items, so long as it is the right project for the right applicant. All projects must demonstrate they can support the growth and retention of grassroots football. The maximum grant available is £20,000 and there is no limit to the total cost of a project this could contribute towards.


Football Foundation Sustainability Kit

Pulling together 12 key topic areas to help develop a sustainability plan, the Sustainability Toolkit has been tailored to suit either an entire organisation or just an individual project.

Some of key areas documented for consideration include:

• Good governance, forming an appropriate and ‘fit for purpose’ structure
• Business planning, writing a business plan and what makes a good one
• Income generation, how to survive beyond the end of a grant
• Workforce development, maximising an organisation’s key asset
• Monitoring and evaluation, assessing the impact of a project
• Partnership working and alignment to strategies, how to strengthen and increase capacity


Football Foundation Community and Education Programme

It has been agreed that the Football Foundation's Community Scheme is to close for a period of time, therefore new applications will no longer be accepted.

The Football Foundation will work through applications that are in the system and acknowledged by FF, but the FF will not accept any new applications. All 'Expressions of Interest' that are in the FF will not be progressed through the system at the moment. This is just the grants of £9k -£250k, FF are still accepting applications in all other areas.


Funding for Leagues 

Information about the Leagues Funding Scheme, which assists leagues purchase new computers, computer related equipment or office equipment, will posted here when it becomes available.


Other Funding

There are other potential funders as well as the Football Foundation. A download of many of them is available below (Sports Funding Information). 


Goalpost Safety Scheme


The FA has now banned the use of metal cup hooks are still being used as net fixings. Match officials have been advised that matches should be postponed where such fixings are evident on any part of the goal frame. The fixings shown in the photos on this page will be acceptable, i.e. plastic arrow heads which can be screwed in, plastic clip net fasteners and new goals which have internal channels for plastic grippers.

The Football Foundation has been supporting the replacement of goalposts. Grants for up to 50% of the costs of replacement goalposts are available. More information is contained in the download on the right.

If Clubs do not wish to purchase new goals because of cost, it is recommended they should consider grinding the hooks off and ensuring the equipment is then well rubbed down to ensure no sharp edges remain. Manufacturers offer various different net ties and fixings which can ensure the nets are securely affixed to the goal.

A list of those who can supply such net fixings, are shown below along with contact information: 

Harrod UK Ltd        01502 583 515
Edwards Sports         01308 424 111
Mark Harrod Ltd    01502 476 882
BG Sports                 01282 860 077
Huck nets                01308 425 100 



For any more information please contact our County Development Manager Andy Mitchell on email or 01208 262984/ 07830 123307 and he will be more than happy to answers your questions and support you by suggesting the best funding scheme for you.

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