Facilities and Funding

Developing and running a football club is often an expensive business and in difficult financial times it can be hard to find the money to keep things running.

The Devon FA are here to help you and your club, providing advice on how to effectively manage the clubs finances, find investment to support your growth and develop top class environments for people to play football.

It is important to consider that during difficult financial times money does not come easy and so planning is essential. There are 3 key steps in financial planning for clubs – structure, short term (revenue funding) and long term (capital funding).

If you feel you are ready to make an application for funding please complete the Facility Expression of Interest Form - please Click Here.



One simple way that may help your club save money is by considering your club structure. For example, Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) are a government initiatives to help save clubs money by offering a range of tax reliefs and the ability to claim ‘Gift Aid’ on donations made to the club, thereby making the club money too. For more information on CASCs and other club structures please see FA Club Structures Guide.


Short Term Finance, Ongoing Costs

In terms of short term planning most clubs have a lot they have to pay out for including pitch hire, coaches qualifications and new kit to mention just a few. Luckily there are a vast number of different pots of funding available throughout the year to help support your club with these costs.

Two of the key pots are the Grow the Game scheme run by the Football Foundation and Sport England’s Small Grants Scheme. Clubs can also find local funding opportunities via their county sports partnership – Active Devon.

Devon FA also offer a number of schemes to support our clubs these include Coach Mentoring, Charter Standard Growth Fund and Join Our Club, for more details visit our Club Support page.


Long Term, Building Facilities

When a club are looking at develop the facilities the project costs can often be extremely high and the process for developing a project can take a lot of expertise. The Devon FA, in conjunction with The FA Regional Facilities & Investment Manager and the Football foundation, are here to help clubs wanting to go down this route.

Football Foundation

• Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund - The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund provides grants for building or refurbishing grassroots facilities, such as changing pavilions and playing surfaces for community benefit. The maximum grant available from the Foundation for each facilities project is £500,000 and the minimum grant available from the Foundation through this scheme is £10,000.

• Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme - The Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme awards grants of up to £10,000 for the provision of capital items, or to refurbish/improve existing facilities. The aims of this scheme are to: Support the growth of football clubs and activity, prevent a decline in football participation and make improvements to facilities to address any health and safety issues.

• Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) - The FSIF provides money for clubs in the National League System who want to improve their facilities for players, officials and spectators. The eligibility of projects and grant limits available are dependent on the step of the National League System your club plays at.

Barclays Spaces for Sports - Barclays Spaces for Sports is a community sports programme which has developed over 200 sports sites around the UK in partnership with the Foundation, but no longer provides grants for the local site or flagship element of the programme. The Flagship element of the programme is equally funded by Barclays and the Foundation, whilst the UK programme itself is delivered by the Foundation.

For further details on the funding schemes available from the Football Foundation please visit: www.FootballFoundation.org.uk

Sport England

• Protecting Playing Fields - Playing fields are one of the most important resources for sport in England but many of them are waterlogged or in a state of disrepair. Sport England are investing £28 million of National Lottery funding into improving community sports fields.

• Improvement Fund - Between 2012 & 2017, the Improvement Fund will invest £45m of National Lottery funding into medium-sized projects that will improve people's sporting experiences. This is being distributed via five funding rounds of £9m per year. The Improvement Fund awards grants of £150,000 - £500,000 in sustainable projects with a clear local need.

• Inspired Facilities - Inspired Facilities is Sport England's £65 million programme that funds the renovation and modernisation of local sports facilities. Whether you are a club, local authority, school or parish council you can apply for funding to help you improve your facilities.

For further details on the funding schemes available from the Sport England please visit: www.sportengland.org

For further information and support with regards to the above please contact;