Before applying to the Grow the Game scheme please ensure your organisation and project is eligible for funding.
Type of organisation
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).
Not for profit
Individuals and profit-making organisations cannot apply to the Foundation for funding.
Unfortunately, Leagues, Educational Establishments (including Universities) and School Sports Partnerships are not eligible to apply in this round of Grow the Game. We do however accept applications from University and College Teams playing in FA affiliated community leagues.
We do not fund any existing or retrospective activity through the Grow the Game scheme. This includes training sessions and activity in schools. All activity must be new; we will not support existing teams in any capacity.
Type of team(s)
The following types of team are eligible for a Grow the Game grant in the current round of funding:
- Male teams - Under-14s to adult
- Female teams - Under-7s to adult
- Disability teams
Grow the Game grants will only be awarded to projects that aim to increase participation through establishing new teams to provide opportunities for new players and training new volunteers to support those new teams.
Number of new teams
Grow the Game grants will only be awarded to projects that develop one or more new teams over a maximum of three years. The maximum number of teams we will provide a grant for is four. At least one of these teams should commence in the 2017–2018 season.
Please do not apply without contacting your County FA and discussing your application. The chance of your application being successful is greatly increased by working with your County FA. All applications will be sent to the relevant County FA for comment as part of the assessment process.
Existing Grow the Game grants
If your organisation has an existing Grow the Game grant you cannot submit an application for a new Grow the Game grant for two years after the date the existing grant was offered.