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, with money provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England) and delivered by the Foundation.
The Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund is available to football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations. It is focused on supporting the development of new or refurbished local football facilities, improving the experience of playing the game at the lowest levels, and helping to increase participation in football across England.
The Fund is managed by the Football Foundation on behalf of its funding partners – the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England.
The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund gives grants for projects that:
- Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities.
- Sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability.
- Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.
Facilities that may be funded include: –
- Grass pitches drainage/improvements
- Pavilions, clubhouses and changing rooms
- 3G Football Turf Pitches (FTPs) and multi-use games areas
- Fixed floodlights for artificial pitches.
All applications must have security of tenure either by freehold or leasehold. A minimum of 25 years’ security of tenure is required by leasehold.
Priority for applications involving professional club community programmes will be given to projects that are located within areas of high deprivation (as defined by the Government’s Indices of Deprivation). For projects outside of these areas, priority will be given to those that can demonstrate that they draw a significant proportion of participants from neighbouring deprived areas.
Schemes that are a joint application between professional club community schemes and grassroots football will be prioritised, as will those supporting 3G FTPs.
Applications for support are likely to exceed the capital grants available and therefore applications will be assessed and weighted towards priority projects.
The maximum grant available from the Foundation for each facilities project is £500,000.
The minimum grant available from the Foundation through this scheme is £10,000. If you require a grant below £10,000 you may with to consider the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund – Small Grants Pilot.
Applicants must demonstrate a financial need for grant aid and provide evidence that all available options for match funding have been exhausted. Applicants would be expected to contribute their own funds towards the project and also secure financial contributions from other funding organisations.