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Football Foundation - Small Grants

Thu 18 Mar 2021

Applications may be made at any time, preferably not more than once per football season.

Grants are available for purchasing equipment and items to enable grassroots football organisations in England to restart activities after the period of COVID-19 restrictions.

Grants of up to £25,000 can be awarded.

The grant size available depends on the type of investment that the club is applying for. Details on the grant sizes are available in the guidance notes that can be accessed at the website of the Football Foundation.

The Small Grants programme 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 Foundation provides funding for smaller capital items and projects to support grassroots football in England, improving the experience of playing football for everyone involved.

Applications are accepted from football clubs and community sports organisations providing men's football in England. Eligible organisation types include:

  • Not-for-profit football club or voluntary group.
  • Local Authority.
  • County Football Association.
  • Professional Club Community Organisation.
  • Educational establishment providing facilities for the community.
  • Registered charity.
  • Not-for-profit company.
  • Community Interest Company (CIC) or other social enterprise.
  • Company limited by guarantee.


The funding is intended for smaller capital projects and the maintenance/improvement of facilities.

The following can be funded:

  • Ball retention systems.
  • Fencing.
  • Goalposts.
  • Minor works to changing rooms and club house refurbishment.
  • Pitch maintenance - contractor services.
  • Pitch maintenance - drainage.
  • Pitch maintenance - maintenance machinery.
  • Portable floodlights.
  • Storage containers.
  • Improvements to playing surfaces.


Match funding is required for certain activities. The percentage depends on the type of investment that the football organisation is applying for.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals.
  • Sole traders.
  • National governing bodies.
  • Commercial or for-profit entities.
  • Clubs within the Premier League, Football League, National League System (Step 1 to 6), Regional Feeder League (Step 7), Women's Football Pyramid (Tier 1-5) or the Welsh Premier League.
  • Educational establishments providing facilities solely for their students.


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.