CLUBS CAN NOW APPLY FOR CORNWALL FA’S SMALL CLUB GRANT SCHEME
Cornwall FA is delighted to announce that its hugely popular Small Club Grant Scheme is once again open for applications, with clubs not part of the National League System (Steps 7 and above) now able to apply for grants of up to £500 to assist with the general upkeep and maintenance of facilities.
Cornwall FA is aware that a large number of our ‘small clubs’ find difficulty in raising funds to improve and maintain their facilities and that any fundraising carried out is often restricted to their own memberships or players providing funds.
The Small Club Grant Scheme is a local initiative which addresses this issue by supporting clubs in Cornwall that are not part of the National League System (Steps 7 and above). The SCGS is a ‘do it yourself scheme’, with clubs able to apply for up to £500 of funding to be put towards the maintenance of facilities.
Should applications exceed the total amount available or you've already previously applied for this funding, applications will be assessed on merit and urgency in order to ensure the club keeps playing. Some applications, although successful, may be held back until further funds become available.
Clubs must be non-step, affiliated to Cornwall FA and also have or be working towards Charter Standard status within six months.
Please note: only one application per club should be submitted and be agreed by the committee.
Some examples of what the funding may be used for/towards include:
• Paint for re-decoration of club facilities
• Purchase of new pitch marking machine
• Purchase of new goal nets
• General maintenance of the ground
• Tea hut refurbishment
• Change of boiler
• Improved dug outs
• Club kitchen refurbishment
• Purchase of club storage container
Plenty of local clubs have benefited from Cornwall FA’s Small Club Grant Scheme since it was launched in 2018.
Thanks to the SCGS and Rigby Taylor, St Day AFC were donated a new line marking machine at the start of the season, meaning Chairman and Head Groundsman Dave Searle has been able to improve pitch line markings with a fantastic piece of new equipment.
Meanwhile, earlier this year Troon AFC were the grateful recipients of a £500 grant, which was used to help the club replace wood flooring as a temporary fix before planned major renovations.
Back in 2018, after the club’s boiler stopped working, Gwinear Churchtown applied for the SCGS and were awarded £500 to be used towards a replacement, with manager Damo Walters later stating that the grant “had a massive impact on being able to attract players and offer showering facilities to the visiting teams and referee.”
Another recipient of the SCGS in 2018 were Mawnan Football Club, who were awarded £495 to get their floodlights back up and running, whilst Lanner FC received a grant of £235 to purchase new goal nets, corner flags and carry out essential maintenance on their pitch.
Furthermore, pictured (right) is a goal post trolley which Nanpean AFC were able to purchase thanks to the Small Club Grant Scheme last year.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO START YOUR APPLICATION
The closing date for applications is Monday 2 March and decisions will be made by Friday 3 April, with work to be completed by 28 August 2020.