Football Foundation - Grow the Game

Status: Open to applications, contact the trust for more details

Deadline: 28th March, 2019


Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations to set up one or more new football teams in England over the next two years.


Fund Value: £ 1,500,000
Maximum Value: £ 1,500

Value Notes

There is a total of £1.5 million for 2019.

Grants of £1,500 are available to support creation of new football teams.

Organisations are able to receive a grant of £1,500 per new team created over two or three years with financial support being reduced in the second or third year of the project.

Extended Description

The Grow the Game grant scheme is provided and administered by the Football Foundation to stimulate and sustain increased participation in football at a grass-roots level. The funding is for the creation of new football teams and coaching qualifications.

The funding is for projects that use football to increase participation by both players and volunteers.

Latest Information

The 2019 application is open with a deadline of 28 March 2019. New teams must be either female teams (Under-7s to adult) or disability teams.

Key Criteria

Not-for-profit organisations in England, including the following are eligible to apply:

  • Football Clubs.
  • Youth Clubs with a football programme.
  • Futsal Clubs.
  • Community groups, centres and clubs.
  • Charitable organisations.
  • Parish Councils.
  • Sports associations.
  • Local authorities.
  • Multi-sports clubs.
  • Companies limited by guarantee.
  • Industrial and provident societies.
  • Unincorporated not-for-profit organisations.
  • University and College Teams playing in FA affiliated community leagues.

Organisations must have the following:

  • 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.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available to enable organisations to set up one or more new football teams over the next two years.

Applications will be accepted in the following categories:

  • Female teams from the under-7 age bracket and above.
  • Disability teams.

(Please note: A new FA, retention-focused scheme, called Retain the Game, is expected to launch in April 2018. The £1 million fund will provide financial support to aid the participation of open-age male teams in the game.)

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 and equipment through a bespoke voucher.

Match Funding Restrictions

Clubs will be required to contribute some elements of cost towards to the new teams; however, evidence of partnership funding will not be requested.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals.
  • Profit making organisations
  • Leagues
  • 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 2017, or a three-year grant offered in 2016
  • Groups wishing to apply for charitable status
  • Organisations seeking retrospective funding for costs that have already been made or are due before an offer of a grant has been awarded

Application Procedure

An online application form can be found on the Football Foundation website.

Applicants are advised to discuss their proposals with their local County Football Association's Development Manager before making an application.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download their website.

Contact details:
The Football Foundation 
Whittington House 
19-30 Alfred Place 
0345 345 4555