Providing a suitable playing surface is essential to sustain and increase participation and the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme provides funding for works to improve the condition of pitches.
If you are proposing to undertake works to improve an existing artificial grass pitch, you must first speak with your Football Foundation Technical Project Manager before proceeding with a grant application. Visit the Pre-application advice page for the contact details for your Technical Project Manager.
As a pre-requisite to applying for funding, you must have engaged with an FA Regional Pitch Advisor or an independent qualified groundsman and sought advice regarding the issues faced with your pitch. Please contact your County FA to discuss how to seek advice from the FA Regional Pitch Advisor. Funding will only be considered if their report suggests that capital works are required to improve the condition of the pitch.
Where the works involve the installation of a piped drainage system, we would expect a qualified agronomist or sports turf consultant to design and specify the works, and oversee their implementation on site.
Where a piped drainage installation is discharging into a ditch, swale or other watercourse, permission from the Environment Agency or Local Authority may be required. If so, this permission must be in place before the application is submitted.
If you do not own the freehold for the site, we will require written confirmation of the landlord's consent to undertake the proposed works.
We will not fund works deemed as ‘routine maintenance operations’, which may include:
- grass cutting/mowing
- weed control/herbicide treatments
- end of season goal mouth renovations
- sand dressing/top dressing
- verti-draining/slitting/spiking/ aeration works
The above operations may be required as part of your capital project and will be considered as part of the project’s costs, but will not be funded in isolation.
In order for your application to be processed, you will need the following documents:
- Photographs of the existing pitches, indicating the problem to be resolved via the proposed works
- Pitch report from FA Regional Pitch Advisor or independent qualified groundsman
- Where a piped drainage installation is being proposed, a feasibility study/specification of works from a qualified agronomist or sports pitch consultant
- Plans / drawings / specification / schedule of works
- Two like-for-like quotations, based upon the design details and specification
- Local Authority / Environment Agency approval, if applicable
- Landlords consent to the works, if applicable.