Football Foundation Launches New Fund for England




The new Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund will replace the previous Facilities Scheme, Build the Game and the Premier League Community Facility Fund.

Managed by the Football Foundation on behalf of the funding partners (the Premier League, The FA and Government, via Sport England) the Fund is a three-year £102 million commitment to improving the nation’s grassroots football facilities.

Through this new scheme, the Football Foundation is offering funding to support the development of new or refurbished local football facilities in England.

Football clubs, professional clubs' community trusts, multi-sport clubs, local authorities, all educational establishments, registered charitable organisations, not for profit companies limited by guarantee, industrial and provident societies and unincorporated not for profit organisations in England are eligible to apply.

Grants of between £10,000 and £500,000 are available to support the development of new or refurbished local football facilities, such as changing pavilions and playing surfaces, for the benefit of communities in England.

Funding is available for projects that:


  • Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities.

  • Sustain or increase participation among children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability.

  • Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.


The types of facilities that will receive funding include:


  • Grass pitches drainage and improvements.

  • Pavilions, clubhouses and changing rooms.

  • Artificial turf pitches and multi-use games areas.

  • Fixed floodlights for artificial pitches.


Priority for applications involving professional club community programmes will be given to projects that are located within areas of high deprivation (as defined by the Governments Indices of Deprivation). For projects outside of these areas, priority will be given to those that can demonstrate that it draws a significant proportion of its participants from neighbouring deprived areas.

Schemes that are a joint application between professional club community schemes and grassroots football will be prioritised, as will those supporting 3G AGPs.

All applications must have security of tenure either by freehold or leasehold. A minimum of 25 years security of tenure is required by leasehold.

An opportunity to apply for smaller grants is expected to be available in summer 2014.

Applications may be submitted at any time. There are no deadlines.

Full details can be found on the Football Foundation website



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