Club Preparation Fund

Following the £7m investment into preparing the country's pitches, the Premier League, The FA and Government, through Sport England, are providing a further £2.19 million to help clubs get their buildings ready for football's return.

FAQs

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We've helped prepare the pitches, now we're supporting you to make your building safer for the return of football.

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Am I eligible?

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Who is eligible?

  • Clubs and organisations that manage their own building and have a minimum 12 months security of tenure. The buildings must serve outdoor football pitches, that are used for affiliated football 
  • Grassroots football clubs (including Step 7)
  • FA National League System clubs (from Steps 1 to 6)
  • FA Women’s Pyramid clubs (Tier 1-5)
  • County FAs
  • Professional Club Community Trusts 
  • Leisure Trusts (with an annual turnover of less than £500k) 
  • Welsh Cymru Premier League clubs

Who is not eligible?

  • Clubs and Organisations without a suitable security of tenure
  • Clubs and Organisations that do not manage their own clubhouse
  • Education establishments
  • Local Authorities
  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Leisure Trusts with an annual turnover of more than £500k

About the Fund

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Following recent guidance issued by The FA for restarting of football activity, eligible clubs and organisations will now be able to apply for a fixed £500 grant to make the necessary changes and modifications to allow them to reopen.

Successful applicants will need to spend Club Preparation funding on the three key areas:

  • Keeping your clubhouse and equipment clean
  • Maintaining social distancing and avoiding congestion 
  • Promoting good hygiene. 

The type of work that this may include would be to provide:

  • hand sanitiser dispensers 
  • waste bins
  • paper towel dispensers 
  • signage and floor marking
  • building repairs and modifications 
  • carrying professional inspections or testing on water quality or gas and electric
  • repairing hand basins and providing hot water
  • installing safety screening and contactless payment systems.
     

The FA Guidance

The FA have issued new guidance documents for adult players, coaches, facility operators, parents and carers involved in re-starting grassroots football activity during COVID-19.

Read more

Sport England Guidance

The Sport England Coronavirus hub has information on the latest government guidance on sport and activity, support for projects and organisations, latest research and more.

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How do I apply?

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Club Preparation Fund

How to apply

Existing eligible Pitch Preparation Fund and Enhanced Grass Pitch Maintenance applicants can apply for their £500 grant directly from their current Football Foundation Account. 

If you haven't received Pitch Preparation funding or applied to the Enhanced Grass Pitch Maintenance scheme, you can start your application for Club Preparation Funding by clicking the 'Apply now' button below. 

The application window will run from Monday 29 June - Sunday 19 July.