Developing the game takes money whether it is for building a new clubhouse or buying a new team kit. Help is at hand from a range of funding pots.

The Football Foundation

Build The Game

Provides small grants for facility projects that demonstrate they can support the growth and retention of grassroots football. The maximum grant available is £50,000 and there is no limit to the total cost of a project this could contribute towards.

Facilities Scheme

The facilities scheme provides money to develop new or improve facilities for community benefit. These include changing rooms or clubhouses, grass or artificial pitches and multi-use games areas.

The Foundation aims to support projects that:

  • Improve facilities for football and other sports in local communities.
  • Sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background, age or ability.
  • Help children and adults develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport. 

Sport England

The Sport England Small Grants Programme uses lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to deliver new community projects to either grow or sustain participation in sport or to support talent development.


Sportsmatch makes awards to non profit organisations that have secured sponsorship to deliver new community projects to either grow or sustain participation in sport. Awards between £1,000 and £100,000 can be made to match funding from no more than five sponsors, with each sponsor contributing a minimum of £1,000. Sport England funding for the project must be spent by 31st March 2012. 

People, Places, Play

The National Lottery will bring funding to local areas to create a legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games in three areas; People, Places, Play


Become a Sports Leader. This project will use the inspirational pull of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics to recruit, train and deploy 40,000 Sports Leaders Across the Country. 


Iconic Facilities Fund

Protecting Playing Fields

The Places strand aims to transform the places where people play sport, making the benefits of London 2012 visible in cities, towns and villages across the country by modernising up to a thousand local community sports clubs through the Inspired Facilities Programme. Funding is available between £20,000 and £150,000 with the following rounds, with one in 2011/12, two in 2012/13 and two in 2013/14.


Sportivate is a new programme aiming to capture the excitement of London 2012 and provide attractive sporting opportunities for teenagers and young adults aged 14 to 25. Sportivate will provide 6 to 8 weeks of coaching in the sport of their choice and be guided into regular participation within their community. Sportivate commences in April 2011 and will run for 4 years until March 2015, receiving an investment of £32 million of National Lottery Funding. 

Cash 4 Clubs

Cash 4 Clubs offers all sports clubs in the UK the chance to win grants ranging from £250 to £1,000. 

Premier League

New Football Kit Scheme Launched

Premier League players are to fund a football kit and equipment scheme for young people. The squads of all 20 Barclays Premier League clubs to create a new £500,000 fund that will provide U16's clubs with free football kit and equipment.

If you would like to find out further information and make an application please click here. Kits will be available to successful applicants who meet the criteria from October 2011 onwards.

Torch Trophy Trust

The Trust provides small Bursaries to assist volunteers in sport and presents Awards to individuals who have been identified as making an outstanding contribution as a volunteer in their chosen sport. 

Awards for All

Awards for All England is a simple small grants scheme making awards of between £300 and £10,000.

For further information please contact Adam Thurston ( or Chris Funnell (







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