Grow the Game
The Grow the Game Scheme is closed for applications.
Grow the Game provides funding for projects that use football to:
Applications are welcome from organisations that are 'not for profit' and planning to set up one or more new football teams over the next two years.
Organisations must have a signed constitution (with an appropriate dissolution clause), child protection policy, equal opportunities policy, bank statements and income/expenditure records (for all accounts held by the organisation).
We welcome applications from any not-for-profit organisations, including:
- Football Clubs*
- Youth Clubs with a football programme
- Futsal Clubs
- Community groups/centre/clubs
- Charitable Organisations
- Parish Councils
- Sports Associations
- Local Authorities
- Multi-sports clubs
- Companies limited by guarantee
- Professional Club Community Schemes
- Industrial and provident societies
- Unincorporated not-for-profit organisations
- University and College Teams playing in FA affiliated community leagues
* Please note, clubs based outside of England, such as Colwyn Bay, Guernsey, Merthyr Town, Newport IOW and Wrexham are eligible to apply as they play in the English National League System.
- Profit making organisations
- Educational establishments
- University teams playing in BUCS, Intramural, or non-FA affiliated leagues
- College Teams playing in AOC, Intramural, or non-FA affiliated leagues
Organisations who received a Grow the Game grant offered in 2016, or a three-year grant offered in 2015
Groups wishing to apply for charitable status (further support is available from the Charity Commission's website)
Walking Football Clubs
- Organisations seeking restrospective funding for costs that have already been made or are due before an offer of a grant has been awarded
Costs covered by the grant
Grow the Game provides funding to contribute towards a combination of the following essential costs associated with providing new football activity:
Organisations are able to receive a grant of £1,500 per new team created over two or three years with financial support being reduced in the second or third year of the project.
Clubs will be required to contribute some elements of cost towards to the new teams, however evidence of partnership funding will not be requested.
Applying for funding
This area of the website is split into seven sections to provide support on every step of your project, from pre-application advice to maximising participation. Use the navigation on the right to move between sections.
We recommend reading through all of the sections before proceeding with your project.