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Football Foundation - Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund

Thu 18 Mar 2021

Applications will be accepted until the fund is used.

Grants are available for grassroots football organisations in England to sustain football pitches already at a 'good' level and to enhance pitches that are either considered 'poor' or 'basic'.

The fund has a total value of £14 million.

Funding falls into two categories - 'Enhance' or 'Sustain'. The applicant's PitchPower pitch inspection (a requirement of the grant) will provide a Performance Quality Standard (PQS) per pitch, which will help the Football Foundation decide how much funding the organisation is eligible for.

The amounts below show the grant values for the first year at 100% funding.

Enhance

For pitches with a Performance Quality Standard (PQS) of 'basic' or below:

11 v 11 - £2,500 per pitch.

9 v 9 - £2,000 per pitch.

Mini soccer - £1,500 per pitch.

Sustain

For pitches with a PQS of 'good' or higher:

11 v 11 - £750 per pitch.

9 v 9 - £500 per pitch.

Mini soccer - £300 per pitch.

Grants will be tapered down every two years by 33% (Years 1 and 2 = 100%; Years 3 and 4 = 67%; Years 5 and 6 = 33%).

Turnover Notes

Annual turnover of less than £500,000.

The Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund is provided by the Football Foundation, a partnership charity formed by the Premier League, the Football Association, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Sport England. The charity's aim is 'to transform lives and strengthen communities through the power of football'.

The Maintenance Fund provides six-year tapered grants to help football clubs enhance or sustain the quality of their grass pitches.

All applicants must have the required security of tenure and have received a PitchPower Pitch Assessment Report.

To be eligible for this fund the applicant must own the freehold, have an uninterruptible lease of 10 years, have a licence for 10 years or have the written consent of the landowner.

Eligible organisations include:

  • Grassroots football clubs.
  • Leagues.
  • Charities (with an annual turnover of less than £500,000).
  • National League System Clubs Step 1-6 (only for pitches at the site that are used for community football).

 

The funding provided must be used to carry out the recommendations from the applicant's PitchPower Assessment Report. These can include:

  • Contractor works, eg slitting, scarification or decompaction.
  • Purchasing materials, eg seed or fertiliser.
  • Purchasing equipment, eg Soil Sampler.
  • Clubs must source independent, appropriately qualified professionals to carry out the works.

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Routine maintenance work such as grass cutting or line marking.
  • Clubs, leagues or organisations without suitable security of tenure.
  • Clubs, leagues or organisations without a PitchPower Pitch Assessment Report.
  • Charities with an annual turnover of £500,000 or more.
  • Local Authorities.

The Foundation will make six annual payments to the applicant, paid in advance.

Applications must be made online via the Football Foundation's grants portal. Organisations must first create a user account and can then access the application guidance notes and the online application form.

Contact the Football Foundation for further information.