Storage Containers

Grants of up to £25,000 for the purchase of secure storage containers



You don’t have to be a football club to apply to the Football Foundation, however, grassroots football must be an integral part of your offer.

Who is eligible?

  • A not-for-profit football club or voluntary group
  • A Local Authority
  • A County FA
  • A Professional Club Community Organisation
  • An educational establishment providing facilities for the community
  • A registered charity
  • A not-for-profit company
  • A community interest company (CIC) or other social enterprise
  • A company limited by guarantee

Who is not eligible?

  • An individual or sole trader
  • A national governing body
  • A commercial / for-profit entity
  • A club within the Premier League, Football League, National League System (Step 1 to 6), Women’s Football Pyramid (Tier 1 – 4) or the Welsh Premier League
  • Educational establishments providing facilities solely for their students

About the grant


What we'll fund

  • The purchase of new or fully refurbished storage containers with a minimum 12-month warranty

What we won't fund

  • The cost of rented or leased storage containers
  • The conversion of containers, portacabins or other temporary structures into changing rooms, clubrooms, toilets or catering facilities


To apply for a grant to invest in secure storage, we’ll need you to explain why you require the additional capacity on your site. 

Storage containers should be stored securely at the applicant’s site as named in the grant application. Purchasing and storing containers off-site isn't permitted. 

We’ll only fund the purchase of new or fully refurbished storage containers with a minimum 12-month warranty. We’re unable to fund the cost of rented or leased storage containers, but grants can be used for the replacement of existing storage containers that have reached the end of their useful life, subject to justification of the need. 

Planning permission may be required for the works from the Local Authority before your application is submitted. Where planning consent has not been secured, your application will be processed but no funding will be released until confirmation of planning consent is provided, which may take around eight weeks.  

If you believe planning consent isn’t required, we’ll require written consent of this to be provided from the Local Authority. Planning Permission for temporary siting is not considered eligible. Permission needs to be for at least the length of the clawback period of five years. Further information regarding planning permission can be found here.

The statutory fees payable for securing planning permission may be included within your application as a project cost. 

If required, we’ll require you to provide written confirmation of the landlord's consent to undertake the proposed works. We’ll also ask for written confirmation that the storage container and its contents will be fully insured. 

Grant limits


Are you a Football Club looking for funding?

Please note that only the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary or Treasurer of that Club can submit an application form. 

Applications submitted since 1 July 2023 by other members of the Club will be rejected. You’ll be contacted by the Football Foundation team and asked that an authorised person complete a new funding application. 

When it comes to the acceptance and claiming stages of your grant, the secondary contact nominated to co-sign the required forms must also fulfil one of the roles of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary or Treasurer of the Football Club.

Document & tenure requirements


Tenure required

There are no tenure requirements for the purchase of storage containers, but the applicant will be liable for the container for the length of the five-year clawback period. 


The Foundation doesn’t currently have a preferred suppliers list. Applicants should source their quotes from a reputable dealer. 

Documents required

To ensure your application is processed, you should include the following documents: 

  • Two like-for-like quotations for appropriate storage containers from different suppliers – if they are pre-owned/refurbished, they must come with 12 months warranty. 
  • Evidence of partnership funding 
  • A marked-up drawing or aerial photograph of the site, indicating the location of the proposed storage container(s) 
  • Planning approval notice 
  • Landlord’s consent to the works 

Please note: Please don't place the order for your storage container until planning permission has been obtained. No funding will be released until this is in place.

Once you’ve submitted your application, we’ll send you a confirmation email. Your application will then be assessed by our Grant Management Team and you’ll receive an email normally within ten working days with a link to download your decision letter and T&Cs on your Football Foundation account.

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