The Football Foundation
The Football Foundation are the Premier League, the FA and the Government’s charity. They fund large numbers of projects every year and have a great reputation of providing funding and supporting projects. This could be new builds and improvement works. They deliver outstanding grassroots football facilities, which means better games and more players – striving to transform communities where demand is greatest, and the impact will be strongest.
There are often numerous grants available from the Football Foundation at the same time, including the Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund. Currently, they are offering the following grants:
Premier League Stadium Fund
The Premier League Stadium Fund, formerly known as the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, provides financial support to clubs throughout the football pyramid. This fund is for clubs in the National League System steps 1-6, Women’s Football Pyramid steps 1-4, and the English Football League.
Clubs can apply to this fund for projects to help them hit ground-grading requirements. It also includes a new Club Development Fund to help clubs grow and enhance sustainability.
More information can be found here, along with how to apply for a grant.
Small Grants Scheme
The FF’s Small Grants scheme is a fund available to grassroots clubs to help support clubs with several different projects. Eligible clubs can apply for grants of up to £25,000 in this fund, so long as the grant does not exceed 75% of the total costs. Projects that this scheme will fund include installing fencing, purchasing pitch maintenance machinery, replacing, or buying new goalposts and much more.
More information on this fund can be found in this guide.
Premier League Defibrillator Fund
This fund is an investment from the Premier League aiming to install automated external defibrillators (AED) and external storage cabinets at thousands of grassroots football facilities, aimed at helping save the life of someone experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest.
This fund will be rolled out across two phases, looking to benefit thousands of sites around the country.
More information can be found here.