Football Foundation - Grow the Game Funding

Published 15.12.2010

Open to Applications This Week! Grow the Game provides funding for projects that use football to increase participation by both players and volunteers in England. This is done by supporting the costs associated with providing new activity. Organisations will be able to receive a £5,000 grant over two or three years with financial support being reduced in the second or third year of the project.

Applications are accepted from any not-for-profit organisations in England, including the following:

  • Football clubs.
  • Youth clubs with a football programme.
  • Community groups/centres/clubs.
  • Charitable organisations.
  • Parish councils.
  • Sports associations.
  • Local authorities.
  • Leagues.

Whilst all offers will be made at the same time there will be two application windows: One will be for those projects being delivered within the northern regions or the Midlands, and one for those delivering projects in southern or eastern regions.

Northern regions and the Midlands window:
Open for applications: 8 December 2010.
Close for applications: 8 February 2011 (Midnight).

Grow the Game will only fund revenue costs and will not consider applications for capital costs ( kit, equipment etc )

Funding can be used for:-

  • Facility Hires
  • Hire of FA qualified coaches and referees
  • CRB Checks
  • Affiliation Fees 
  • League Entry
  • First Aid Kits 
  • Promotion & Publicity 
  • FA Coaching Courses


The following are not eligible for funding:-

  • Individuals
  • Profit - making organisations
  • Retrospective costs 
  • Organisations that have an existing Community Small Grant or Grow the Game grant 
  • Existing teams, activity and training sessions (projects and activities must be new)
  • Groups receiving a Grow the Game grant within the last four years

Application Procedure

Applications are completed through an online process

Applicants will also be required to provide the following documentation by the application deadline:

  • A signed constitution
  • A child protection policy
  • An equalities policy
  • A copy of the organisation's most recent accounts 
  • A bank statement

The Grow the Game grant is an extremely competitive programme and applicants are advised to discuss their proposals with their local County Football Association's Development Manager

Here is a link to the Manchester FA website -

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