Grow the Game grants open for football projects

The Football Foundation’s Grow the Game scheme is open for applications from not-for-profit groups in England until 10 March 2016.

The grant scheme aims to support community organisations and sports groups to increase participation in football, by involving new players and volunteers in  new football teams.

For 2016, the following types of teams will be considered for funding:

Male teams from the Under-14 age bracket and above.
Female teams.
Disability teams.

Not-for-profit organisations in England can apply for a grant of £1,500 per new team created over two or three years with financial support being reduced in the second or third year of the project

Eligible organisations include:

Football Clubs.
Youth Clubs with a football programme.
Community groups, centres and clubs.
Charitable organisations.
Parish Councils.
Sports associations.
Local authorities.
Multi-sports clubs.
Companies limited by guarantee.
Industrial and provident societies.
Unincorporated not-for-profit organisations.

Grant money can be used towards a combination of the following essential costs associated with providing new football activity:

Facility hire.
Hire of FA qualified coaches.
Referees fees.
CRB checks.
Affiliation fees.
League entry.
First aid kits.
Promotion and publicity.
FA coaching courses.
Additional courses.

The deadline for applications is 10 March 2016.

For more details go to the Football Foundation’s website.