Multisport Pitch Improvement Fund

A new targeted fund aimed at tackling inequalities and supporting the return to play by improving the quality of rugby union, rugby league and cricket pitches.

Delivered by the Football Foundation and funded by Sport England (using National Lottery funding), this £3m fund will provide grants of up to £150k for major pitch capital and renovation works

Grass Pitch

About the fund


Grass pitch quality is one of the biggest challenges facing sports clubs and organisations.

Funded by Sport England (using National Lottery funding) and in partnership with the RFU, RFL and ECB, the Pitch Improvement Fund aims to improve the quality of cricket and rugby pitches for the people and communities that need it most, creating new and better opportunities to play and grow the game. 

The fund aims to tackle inequalities in physical activity levels by creating opportunities to play sport for lower socio-economic groups, culturally diverse communities, disabled people, women & girls and those with long-term health conditions. 

What is the fund trying to achieve?


We want to improve the quality of grass pitches and tackle inequalities by providing opportunities for priority groups to play sport.

This could be increasing the number of women and girls or disability teams or making players and volunteers at your club more representative of your local community. 

We want to support an increased, more diverse and educated workforce of volunteer groundspeople.

Without volunteers to help maintain grass pitches the quality will quickly deteriorate no matter the starting point. The work that will be required to keep the standard of the pitches high provides a real opportunity to recruit and educate more volunteers and we can help you do this.

Are we eligible?


This fund is open to clubs and local authorities who have been approached by the ECB, RFU or RFL. If pitches have been identified as requiring major capital and/or renovation works, the responsible organisations will be invited to complete an Expression of Interest (EOI), followed by a full application.

This is a targeted fund and only those organisations who have been identified and approached by their NGB will be invited to submit an EOI, followed by a full application.

Kids playing cricket whilst people watch on

Improved grass pitches mean more opportunities to play for your local community

Engaging with priority groups


What can we fund


What can we fund

Grants of up to £150k for:

  • Major capital works
  • Major renovation works
  • Maintenance equipment
  • Equipment banks (single sport and multi-sport)

What we can't fund

  • Revenue only works such as routine end of season maintenance
  • Revenue projects like facility hire and running costs

Application process


What happens if my application is successful?


If your project is successful then congratulations are in order! We want to make the process as simple as possible so post award we don’t ask for a lot. We just want to make sure that our investment will be safeguarded therefore we ask that:

1) Your pitch standard remains at ‘good’ and is sustained at this level

2) You complete two PitchPower assessments each year so we can monitor pitch quality

3) Two current members of the organisation complete the GMA Level 1 in pitch maintenance so that there is good knowledge within the club on how to maintain the standard of the pitches


You'll receive ongoing support from your Regional Pitch Adviser at the GMA to help maintain a high standard of pitch quality.