Football Stadia Improvement Fund

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Funded by the Premier League, the Football Stadia Improvement Fund awards capital grants to EFL, National League, Women’s FA National League and Welsh Premier League down to the lower levels of the FA National League System.

FSIF

Grant eligibility

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Building Stadiums, Creating Legacies

These football grants are designed to improve stadium safety and enable clubs to satisfy The FA’s ground grading requirements.  The role the FSIF plays is vitally important as without funding many clubs would have been unable to achieve the necessary criteria, preventing them from achieving promotions or even facing relegation for failure to comply.

From installing new floodlights, upgrading playing surfaces and developing all-seater stands, the goal of the project is to improve the matchday experience of players, officials and spectators.  Please see the eligibility guidance below to discover more about the types of funding your club can apply for.

English Football League Clubs

To be eligible:

  • Your club must be a member of the English Football League System.
  • You must either own the freehold of the site you want to develop or have a lease with at least ten years or 21 years unexpired as appropriate

Eligible for:

  • a maximum £750,000 less any previous grants received from the Football Trust or FSIF (as a member of the EFL) at any time since 1990
  • a maximum grant of 50% of eligible costs

English National League System Clubs

To be eligible:

  • Your club must be a member of the English National League System
  • Either own the freehold of the site you want to develop or have a lease with at least ten years or 21 years unexpired as appropriate i.e. 10 years for clubs applying for up to £150,000 and 21 years for clubs applying for £150,000 and over.

Eligible for: 

  • Projects including new covered seating, changing rooms and pitch maintenance equipment
  • A maximum grant value of £400,000 (depending on step)
  • A maximum grant of 70% of eligible costs

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Women’s FA National League System Clubs

To be eligible:

  • Your club must be a member of the Women's FA National League System
  • You must either own the freehold of the site you want to develop or have a lease with at least ten years left before it runs out

Eligible for:

  • a maximum £150,000 grant value
  • a maximum grant of 70% of eligible costs

Welsh Premier League Clubs

To be eligible:

  • Your club must be a member of the Welsh Premier League
  • Either own the freehold of the site you want to develop or have a lease with at least 21 years unexpired as appropriate

Eligible for: 

  • A maximum grant value of £400,000 over a five year cumulative period
  • A maximum grant of 50% of eligible costs

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About the grant

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Liverpool FC Legend Jamie Carragher visits new facilities at Marine AFC | Football Foundation

Floodlights

2000+ grants awarded

Goalposts

£150m+ investment

Pitch

1000+ teams supported

Our pitch has been pre-selected by UEFA as one of the training centres for UEFA Euro 2020, something that would be an honour for any Football League club, let alone one in Step 4 of Non-League.

Nigel Hunt, Commercial Director of Hanwell Town FC

How to apply

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submit the following documents

All applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  • Governing documents
  • Past three years accounts
  • Copy of the club’s most recent bank statement
  • Evidence of partnership funding

The income and expenditure forecast template can be downloaded from the 'Useful publications' section above. To find out more about associated legal fees and issues around repayment if the facility isn’t used contact us for further details.

A total of £200,000 of the FSIF annual budget will be ring-fenced each year to support the two clubs promoted from the National League to the Football League to cover the costs of required safety installations, such as computerised turnstiles, CCTV, stadium control rooms, etc.

If your club is being promoted from Step 1 into the Football League, you have 12 months after promotion to meet the Football League’s conditions for increased safe capacity at your ground.

* 10 years for clubs applying for up to £150,000 and 21 years for clubs applying for £150,000 and over.

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