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
www.footballfoundation.org.uk

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.

Budweiser Club Futures

The Football Association are running a scheme that will provide non-league football clubs with the chance to bid for grants of £50,000 provided by the Budweiser Club Futures programme. The grants will be distributed across eight regions and all clubs must be in steps 5-7 of the English football pyramid.

Budweiser Club Futures will give eight grants of £50,000 per season to clubs across the country over the next two years. The aim is to help clubs to become more financially sustainable by improving their facilities. Each season, one of the chosen eight clubs will be given the chance to win an additional £100,000 super grant as voted by football fans through the official FA Cup and Budweiser UK Facebook pages.

Projects that could be funded by the grants include:

  • Building conference facilities
  • Improving any part of the clubhouse interior or exterior
  • Expanding the car park
  • Anything that helps a club grow and play an even larger role in their local community.

You can download an application form here.

To see if your club is eligible more information can be found here.

Deadline: 31 October 2012
Contact: Mark Pover
Address: PO Box 1966, London SW1P 9EQ
Telephone: 0844 980 8200
Email: Facilitiesinfo@thefa.com
Website: www.budweiser.thefa.me.uk

Sport England
www.sportengland.org

Small Grants
 
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 

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

People

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.

Places

Iconic Facilities Fund  - http://inspiredfacilities.sportengland.org 
Protecting Playing Fields - http://www.sportengland.org/funding/protecting_playing_fields.aspx

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.

Play

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. 
http://www.sportengland.org/media_centre/press_releases/places_people_play/places.aspx

Cash 4 Clubs
http://cash-4-clubs.com

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.
www.premierleague.com 

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. 
http://www.torchtrophytrust.org/ttt_site.htm

Awards for All

Awards for All England is a simple small grants scheme making awards of between £300 and £10,000 
http://www.awardsforall.org.uk/england/summary.html

sports coach UK

The Funding Opportunities for Coaching guide provides details about funding available to support coaches and coaching across England. Produced by sports coach UK in partnership with the CSSN and SkillsActive, the Guide provides information on funding available in England to support coaching.
http://www.sportscoachuk.org/resource/funding-coaching-guide

For further information, please contact:

Ricky Stevenson
Business Development Manager
E: Ricky.stevenson@nottinghamshirefa.com
T: 0115 9837405

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