Facilities and Funding

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Hunts FA has a key role to support any facility project by guiding them through the funding that is available and most appropriate, through either the Football Foundation, Sport England or Local Authorities.

With the current climate the accessing funding is more difficult; however help is at hand from this section of the Hunts FA website.

Expression of Interest

If you are looking to improve your football facilities which could include:

Refurbishing and improving changing rooms

  • Natural grass pitch improvements
  • 3G Football Turf Pitch development
  • Purchasing Portable Floodlights

Your first step is to complete a Football Facility Enquiry Form; here you will be able to outline the project, end users and other supporting materials.

To complete the Football Facility Enquiry Form, please click here (opens a new window tap) or copy and paste the following link into your browser www.footballfacilityenquiry.co.uk

Please Note if you have already started work on your project (for example, building/construction has already begun), then it is unlikely that your project will be eligible for funding.

Funding for facilities is always changing but Hunts FA aims to keep you up to date with the main funding bodies, which can support the development of most projects. Funding is potentially available from the following organisations.

Various Grants

Living Sport

Sportivate - The programme gives 11-25 year-olds who are not particularly sporty access to six weeks’ of free or subsidised coaching in a range of sports & physical activity opportunities with Sportivate able to fund the costs associated with activity – whether that is facility hire, coaching costs, equipment (although limited), marketing etc. For more information and to apply please use the following link: http://www.livingsport.co.uk/our-work/sportivate/

Community Small Grant – A grant to provide funding for new projects to be delivered – aiming to engage those who are inactive in sport and physical activity, up to £200.

Football Foundation

Club Cashback - The Club Cashback Scheme is a partnership between the Foundation and Club Website to support local clubs, raise much needed funds, and ensure future sustainability within the grassroots game. The Scheme allows grassroots clubs to raise new revenues to help run the club or, indeed, contribute towards partnership-funding on a Foundation project. For more information and to apply please use the following link http://cashback.footballfoundation.org.uk/

Grow the Game - Grants of up to £1,500 for the creation of new football teams and coaching qualifications, with money provided by the Premier League and The FA. The Scheme is delivered by the Foundation. (window tends to open in January of each year)

Respect - This Football Foundation scheme offers your club, school or league the opportunity to purchase Respect equipment which, if used effectively, will help us to promote the beautiful game. The scheme offers 50 % off the normal cost price of these items. For more information and to apply please use the following link http://www.footballfoundation.org.uk/funding-schemes/respect/

Big Lottery Fund

Awards For All - Will fund a wide range of community projects aimed at developing skills, improving health, revitalising the local environment and enabling people to become more active citizens. For more information and to apply please use the following link http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/england/awards-for-all-england

Mick George

Community Fund - provides grants of between £5,000 and £50,000, although it is unlikely that individual grants over £35,000 will be made. http://grantscape.org.uk/fund/mick-george-community-fund/

Pitch Improvement Programme

The Pitch Improvement Programme provides a range of support services to grassroots clubs, club volunteers and groundstaff including on-site evaluations with practical advice and recommendations. It will also include a range of measures to help develop the skills and knowledge of the volunteers and grounds men including seminars and workshops. In partnership with Sport England and other governing bodies, 

For further information on Pitch Improvement Programme please use the following link: Pitch Improvement Programme  

For information and if you have any questions regarding funding please contact: Dean Watson, County Development Manager

E. Dean.Watson@HuntsFA.com

T. 01480 447483 (Office)