The window to apply for Grow the Game grants has re-opened.
The Football Foundation has announced that £1.5m of funding, designed specifically for grassroots clubs to start new teams and qualify more coaches to cater for under-represented groups, is set to open for applications.
Funded by the The FA, Grow the Game is delivered by the Football Foundation, the nation's largest sports charity.
The following types of team are eligible for a grant in 2017:
- Male teams from the Under-14 age bracket and above
- Women & Girls' teams
- Disability teams
Applications are only being accepted for teams providing they meet the basic eligibility criteria.
Grow the Game supports football's diversity and is designed to be inclusive of players from different genders, ethnic backgrounds, faiths, ages, sexual orientations and those with disabilities. Applications from all of these groups are being encouraged.
Grow the Game grants lessen the burden of costs associated with starting new grassroots football teams. £1,500 is available for each new team that a club creates. Expenditure that the funding can help a club pay for includes: FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees' fees; first aid kits; and even football kit & equipment.
The application window for Grow the Game applications will close on Wednesday 29 March 2017.
For clubs seeking more information on Grow the Game grants please contact us on the below e-mail addresses or click HERE.
As well as delivering Grow the Game, the Football Foundation delivers the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund on behalf of the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England. Since 2000, the Foundation has supported over 15,000 grassroots projects worth more than £1.4bn.
Last season clubs in Cheshire benefited from the previous Grow the Game grant window, which saw £112,500 invested in to grassroots football for 75 teams to be created in the county as part of the scheme.
Contact Cheshire FA
For more information please contact:
Adam.Doyle@CheshireFA.com – Male team applications
Stephanie.Knott@CheshireFA.com – Women & Girls team applications
Wendy.Booth@CheshireFA.com – Disability team applications
Or telephone - 01606 871166