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Grow the Game Fund

The Football Foundation’s Grow the Game Scheme provides grants of up to £1,500 for the creation of new football teams and coaching qualifications, with money provided by The FA. The Scheme is delivered by the Foundation.

Eligible projects:

Grow the Game provides funding for projects that use football to:

  • increase participation by both players and volunteers

Applications are welcome from organisations that are 'not for profit' and planning to set up one or more new football teams over the next two years. Organisations must have a signed constitution (with an appropriate dissolution clause), child protection policy, equal opportunities policy, bank statements and income/expenditure records (for all accounts held by the organisation).

Who can apply:

We welcome applications from any not-for-profit organisations, including:

  • Football Clubs
  • Youth Clubs with a football programme
  • Futsal Clubs
  • Community groups/centre/clubs
  • Charitable Organisations
  • Parish Councils
  • Sports Associations
  • Local Authorities
  • Multi-sports clubs
  • Companies limited by guarantee
  • Professional Club Community Schemes
  • Industrial and provident societies
  • Unincorporated not-for-profit organisations
  • University and College Teams playing in FA affiliated community leagues

Should you wish to supply, further information regarding the application process is available from the following links:

Pre-application guidance


Decision Process


Get In Touch

For more information about the Grow the Game Fund, please contact Football Development Officer, Angus Mackay:


T: 01481 200443


The following is a list of examples as to who can't apply:

Profit making organisations
Educational establishments
University teams playing in BUCS, Intramural, or non-FA affiliated leagues
College Teams playing in AOC, Intramural, or non-FA affiliated leagues
Organisations who received a Grow the Game grant offered in 2016, or a three-year grant offered in 2015
Groups wishing to apply for charitable status
Walking Football Clubs
Organisations seeking retrospective funding for costs that have already been made or are due before an offer of a grant has been awarded

Grow the Game provides funding to contribute towards a combination of the following essential costs associated with providing new football activity:

Facility hire
Hire of FA qualified coaches
Referees fees
CRB checks
Affiliation fees
League entry
First aid kits
Promotion and publicity
FA coaching courses
Additional courses
Football kit

Yes - Clubs will be required to contribute towards some elements.

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