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Retain the game Grants – £750 Grants to Support Adult male teams


The Football Association and Football Foundation have launched ‘Retain the Game’, a new scheme aimed at supporting the retention of adult male teams. The scheme will provide grants of £750 to clubs with existing male teams to support the essential costs of pitch hire, training venues, First Aid courses and playing kit/equipment.

The application window is now open and is due to close on Wednesday 30 May at 5pm.


Who is eligible?

Clubs that operate with two or more male teams  (U17-U21, Open Age and Vets) and

  • ✓ Hold the FA’s Adult Charter Standard Award
  • ✓ Operate in a Charter Standard Development or Charter Standard Community Club or
  • ✓ Adult Clubs that commit to become FA Adult Charter Standard within season 2018/19

Only one application can be submitted per club.

Priority applications

The following clubs will be prioritised for a Retain the Game grant:

  • ✓ Clubs with three or more adult male teams
  • ✓ Clubs that have been in existence for 5-9 seasons
  • ✓ Clubs that have been in existence for 10 of more seasons
  • ✓ Clubs who operate in leagues employing Full Time

Who is not eligible?

  • ✘ Walking football
  • ✘ Futsal teams
  • ✘ Small sided football teams
  • ✘ University, College, and Armed Forces Intramural teams
  • ✘ New teams
  • ✘ Clubs who have received Grow the Game funding for an adult male team in the past two years
Retain the Game

What do I need to do if our club is not Charter Standard?

In order to apply for Retain the Game, non-Charter Standard clubs will need to demonstrate they are willing to commit and work towards Charter Standard status. This requires clubs to contact their County FA and initiate the process prior to submitting an application. Charter Standard status will need to have been achieved by January 2019 to receive any further funding in 2019.

County FA contact details.

Why is the FA promoting Adult Charter Standard?

The FA’s research has demonstrated that Adult Charter Standard clubs are more sustainable and attract additional teams, players and volunteers. If clubs maintain this status they also receive an annual benefits package from the FA.


What can the money be spent on?

The grant is designed to cover core costs including:

  • Facility hire (match day or training venue)
  • £100 Voucher for Nike Kit/Equipment (including First Aid) – to be redeemed through our bespoke portal
  • First Aid course

Grant Payment

The grant of £750 will be awarded split across two years. The grant instalment will vary depending on the status of the club.

The breakdown of funding is shown in the table below:

Type of club Year 1 – 18/19 season Year 2 – 19/20 season
Adult Charter Standard, Development or Community £500 £250
Non- Charter Standard £250 £500


Year 1

Clubs will be paid their Year 1 instalment upfront once they have met all the grant pre-conditions and accepted the grant.

Year 2

To release Year 2 payment clubs must meet the following conditions:

  • Clubs will be asked to provide their receipts as evidence of the eligible expenditure for the 18/19 season (Year 1)
  • Payment will be based on the retention of male teams within the club.

Your club must retain the following:

Club size Retention rate
2 male teams 100%
3-5 male teams 80%
6-9 male teams 70%
10+ male teams 65%

The Year 2 funding will not be provided if the above retention rates are not met.

Please note

  • All receipts provided must be dated after the grant offer date.
  • The Football Foundation will not reimburse payments made prior to the grant offer.


Kit or equipment voucher

Retain the Game equipment

As part of the Retain the Game funding you are able to receive a £100 voucher towards kit or equipment packs (including first aid kit). Charter Standard clubs will be able to receive this voucher in the first year of the funding. Non-Charter Standard  clubs will be able to receive this in the second year of the funding, once they have achieved Charter Standard status.

(Please note the final equipment may differ from what is pictured.)


Applications are made through Grantshot, the Football Foundation’s online application portal.

If you have a Grantshot account, please login to start your application. If you do not already have an account, visit Grantshot to create one.

Apply for a Retain the Game grant

Applicants will be notified if they have been successful, or not, by Tuesday 17 July.



Building Better Communities rewards good causes with a share of £250,000 in building materials. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to nominate your project or trade hero, register now.



Whether it’s a village hall wanting a new roof, a tradesperson in need or a sports club with poor facilities, we want to support good causes at the heart of local communities.


Know a community group in need of a helping hand? Nominate your good cause to win a share of £250,000 in building materials. Register to nominate a community project close to your heart




These worthy causes might not need £50,000 but still need a helping hand to continue their great work. From 11 regions of Great Britain, we’re looking to support projects like:

  • Local sports clubs
  • Educational facilities
  • Not for profit buildings
  • Other significant community facilities

With branches from the Scottish Isles to Penzance, we’re proud to be part of the communities where we live and work. That’s why we’re awarding £250,000 in building materials to good causes across Great Britain.



Tell us about your project – It may be a new sports club changing room, a much needed play area for children or a facelift for a community building that’s seen better days. Whatever it is nominate your good cause via the website before 9th May. Just choose the category that’s right for your good cause, tell us why it should win, send us a picture or video…and that’s it.



Our judges will select their shortlist from all entries, reviewing each nomination against a set of criteria including:

  • How many people it will help in the local area
  • How it will continue to help people in the future
  • And how detailed your entry is

Our panel of judges will choose their favourites and these will then go to a public vote at the end of May.



If you make the shortlist, you then need to spread the word as the more votes you get, the better. We choose the winners of Building Better Communities based on a combination of the judges’ scores and the public vote, so get as many people voting as possible.



With voting closed, our panel will judge each entry, considering both the entry information and the public voting. 50% of the overall score will come from the judges, and 50% from the public vote.

The judges will decide the Community Project winners who will receive between £500 and £10,000 in building materials, and the Top Community Prize of up to £50,000 that can be a combination of materials and labour. We’ll also award prizes to our Trade Heroes with a top prize of up to £50,000 in building materials up for grabs.



After calculating all the scores, the winners of Building Better Communities will be announced in early July at a ceremony with a special celebrity host.

The winners can then use their prize to make a difference to good causes across the UK.


Funds Available – Wilkos Helping Hands Fund, Apply HERE

Helping hands

Helping our local community is really important to us. That’s why every wilko store has a budget to give a little helping hand to local groups and community projects. You could get wilko gift cards, products or volunteers to help with whatever you’re doing for your community – whether it’s a raffle prize to help with fund raising or tins of paint and extra helpers to do up a community centre – we’d love to help you!

It’s easy to apply, just by three . steps!

Step 1

Fill in an application form – this can be found either at your local store or you can download the form below.

Step 2

Hand it in at the help desk at your local wilko store.

Step 3

We’ll be in touch to let you know how your application got on (we review applications at the end of each month. Please give us as much notice as possible prior to your event to avoid disappointment).

Sadly, we can’t help expeditions, political parties, private or fee – paying schools, branches of national charities, profitable organisations or third party private fundraising groups.

However, we CAN help local schools, playgroups and nurseries, parent or family groups, disabled groups, youth clubs, elderly groups, luncheon clubs, community and tenants’ associations plus appeals from the local police, fire service and local councils and many more!

Download the Helping Hands application form


More FUNDING available HERE

National Lottery Funding available for Clubs – Apply HERE

National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

You can apply if your organisation is a:

  • voluntary or community organisation
  • registered charity
  • constituted group or club
  • not-for-profit company or community interest company
  • social enterprise
  • school
  • statutory body (including town, parish and community council).

We can fund a wide range of items, and below are some examples of these. This isn’t exhaustive, so you should contact us if you’re unsure.

We can fund:

  • equipment
  • one-off events
  • small capital projects
  • staff costs
  • training costs
  • transport
  • utilities/running costs
  • volunteer expenses.

We can’t fund:

  • alcohol
  • contingency costs, loans, endowments or interest
  • electricity generation and feed-in tariff payments.
  • paying someone else to write your application
  • political or religious activities
  • profit-making/fundraising activities
  • recoverable VAT
  • statutory activities.

What are we looking for in your application?

National Lottery Awards for All has three funding priorities and you must be able to tell us in your application how your project or activity will:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

Applying via email or post

The usual method for applying is via a PDF form that you email or post to us. To apply this way:

  1. Please read this guidance document first (PDF 650KB).
  2. Save the application form (PDF 700KB) to your computer and open it with the latest version of Adobe Reader. Do not use Preview or any other application. Please note we are no longer able to accept older versions of the application form.
  3. The easiest way is to fill in the form within the file itself – you don’t need to print it off, unless you prefer to send it by post.
  4. Email or post the completed application form to us.

We’ll let you know our decision in about ten weeks.

If you need more information, please contact us at general.enquiries@biglotteryfund.org.uk or call our advice team on 0345 4 10 20 30. Text relay users, please use 18001 plus 0345 4 10 20 30.

Applying using the trial online form

We are trialling a new application process with a small number of users. If you are part of the online trial continue your application here.


As an organisation that gives out public funds, we carry out some checks on the information you provide us. Learn more about our checks


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The Football Association and Football Foundation have today (Monday 18 September) launched a £300,000 fund aimed at developing the sport of Futsal in England.

  • Equipment, coaching and referee starter packs made available to boost the sport
  • Fund aims to create more Futsal leagues and competitions across the country
  • Applications are now open and close on Friday 6 October

 Futsal is a five-a-side game, normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey-sized goals and a size-four ball that has a reduced bounce. The exciting, fast-paced sport is played across the world and is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA.

County FAs, youth football leagues, youth Futsal leagues, schools (excluding primary level), senior colleges and sixth forms are being encouraged to apply for a ‘Futsal starter pack’, which includes Futsal-specific equipment including goals, balls and bibs, as well as FA accredited coaching and refereeing courses.

The starter packs are designed to adapt existing sports halls, playgrounds and other hard surface facilities by providing new and existing players with the necessary tools and skills to develop and maintain Futsal leagues, competitions and fixtures across the country. Applications are now open and close at 5pm on Friday 6 October. 

Specifically, applications in the following categories will be prioritised:

  • Female Futsal (12-18 years)
  • Youth Futsal (14 years-and-over)
  • Youth football leagues (U14-to-U18)
  • Association of Colleges (AoC) members with facilities offering community usage
  • English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) and Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA) member schools with facilities offering community usage

The scheme will be delivered by the Football Foundation, the nation’s largest sports charity. 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.

Michael Skubala, England Futsal Head Coach, said: “The FA recognises Futsal’s increasing importance and popularity. Through our partnership with the Football Foundation, the fund is a fantastic way to celebrate and start to grow the sport in this country. We want to see more players playing the sport in new leagues and competitions, and I would encourage all those who are eligible to apply for the scheme by Friday 6 October.

“Futsal is a sport in its own right with its own pathway to becoming an England International. Futsal also promotes and practices both inclusivity and diversity – it is a sport for players and coaches from different genders, ethnic backgrounds, faiths, ages, sexual orientations and the disabled.”


Paul Thorogood, Football Foundation CEO, said: “The Football Foundation is delighted to be delivering this funding scheme on The FA’s behalf. We want to see more people playing Futsal, so these starter packs are great news for those looking to take up the sport. The application deadline is Friday 6 October and anyone who thinks they are eligible should visit our website to find out more information on the scheme.”

To apply for a Futsal starter pack, please visit the Football Foundation website.


The Aviva Community Fund is now open!

Do you know a local project that needs funding?

For community projects, an ordinary thing can mean everything, but funding can be a problem. The Aviva Community Fund is back, offering support and funding to causes that make a real difference where you live.

Your project is right for the Aviva Community Fund if it: 

  • will make a positive difference in your community
  • is associated with a community organisation or charity, and will take place in the UK
  • will be completed or well underway before 31 December 2018
  • can ideally be completed with the requested funding alone.
To suit projects of different sizes, the funding levels you can apply for are:
Up to £1,000
Up to £5,000
Up to £10,000
Up to £25,000
There are four project categories to choose from in which to submit your entry:
* Health and Wellbeing
* Skills for Life
* Community support
* Inclusivity
Sign up HERE


All you have to do is tell us what you would do with the money and just how much of a difference it could make to the community. If you took part last year, you can submit the same project or a new one. Only the top-voted projects in each category will make it through to the Finals, so make sure you tell everyone about your project and its importance to the community.

Good luck!

Apply HERE

More funding available, Apply HERE

Football Against Racism in Europe (Fare) Network has opened its Football People grants application process, which supports inclusive activities across the continent.

Fare have made available a set of grants to fund activities and events as part of the Football People actions weeks, one of the biggest social action activities in sport.

The campaign aims to get 100,000 people to take part from grassroots groups, football clubs and associations, NGOs, ethnic minority organisations, LGBTIQ fan groups, and more, and to be part of a social movement focused on tackling discrimination in and through football.

Support of up to €500 is available for grassroots activities that promote social inclusion and celebrate diversity, further the empowerment of women and ethnic minorities through football, and help refugee inclusion.

Download the Grassroots Report It APP Here


Organisations can apply for a grant between 1 August and 10 September. Interventions must meet the objectives of the campaign and be held during the two-week period in October.

Piara Powar, Fare Executive Director said: “We want people across Europe to show what football can be, how it is a driving force for social change, regardless of who they are, their background, or where they live.

“Our aim to is to reach 100,000 Football People get directly involved, if you have an idea let us know.”

Funding for larger events is also available during the weeks. The Event grants are aimed at funding larger scale initiatives that take place at a national level. Organisations interested must send their applications by 3 September.

The Football People weeks will run between 5 and 19 October.

For small grants apply here.

For Event grants apply here.


Funding Available from the Co-op

Apply to be a Co-op local cause

To apply to be a Co-op cause you must have a project or event in mind that:

  • takes place in the UK or Isle of Man
  • doesn’t have religious or political aims (although you can still apply if you’re a religious organisation)
  • meets the Co-op’s values
  • takes place or will still be running after October 2018
  • benefits your local community

We’ll give preference to projects run by small, local organisations.

You can’t use money from the fund solely to pay for staff salaries or general running costs, or to make a donation to another organisation.

If you’re successful

We’ll let you know if you’ve been selected in October and you can start promoting your cause to our members from November.

You’ll be paid a share of the funding every 3 months, with the first payment at the end of January 2018 and the last in October 2018.

How to apply

To apply you’ll need:

  • your organisation’s charity or HMRC registration number, or proof you’re an excepted charity, Scout or Guide group or registered Community Amateur Sports club
  • a description of your project and how much you want to raise
  • 2 contact names, including email addresses
  • basic details of your organisation and what it does, including approximate annual income
  • your organisation’s bank details – money from the fund can’t be paid into personal accounts

You can save your application at any time and return to it later. Applications must be completed by 8 August 2017.

Ford small grant scheme opens – Funding available, apply HERE

Working with our local communities to sow the seeds of change.

We are committed to supporting the communities that we work and live in. That is why we created the Ford Britain Trust. Since April 1975 we have been able to help fund the education and advancement of our neighbours.

We pay special attention to projects focusing on education, environment, children, the disabled, youth activities and projects that provide clear benefits to the local communities close to our UK locations. The Ford Britain Trust particularly encourages applications from Ford employees, but is open to all, provided that the qualifying organisations meet our selection criteria.

Dates of Applications:

There are two types of grants to apply for:

  • Small grants for amounts up to £250, available four times each year. Open from:
    • 1st March to 30th April
    • 1st June to 31st July
    • 1st September to 30th October
    • 1st December to 28th February

Eligibility Criteria

Grant applications from the following organisations will be considered:

  • Registered charities
  • Schools/PTAs (Non-fee paying, state sector schools only. Independent/private, fee paying, schools will not be considered)
  • Non-profit organisations (including small clubs and societies)

(N.B. CIC organisations cannot apply for a Ford Britain Trust grant)

Grant applications supporting the following activities will be considered:

  • Work that has clear benefits to the local community/environment
  • Work with young people/children
  • Education/schools (mainstream)
  • Special education needs
  • People with disabilities

Apply HERE



More Funding available by clicking image below

More FUNDING available HERE

Persimmon announces £600k of funding to support young people in sport

Persimmon Healthy Communities supports sport for young people in England, Wales and Scotland.

From May to December 2017 we are giving away 30 monthly donations of £750 each to purchase sports kits and equipment for teams and individuals aged 21 and under.

Our main objective is for people to use the £750 to purchase sports kits and we would be delighted if you would put our logo on the kit! However, it may be that you don’t need kit and therefore we will consider other entries if you would like to purchase equipment or spend the money on your facilities.

As part of your entry (but not essential) you may also enter to win our fantastic grand prize – £200,000 to spend on your sport, club or team.

In January 2018 our 30 businesses will choose one entry to go forward into our national competition.

The national prize is a massive £200,000 for you, your club or team. And we’re not stopping there. We also have two runners up prizes of £50,000 each and 27 finalist awards of £5,000 each.

So what are you waiting for? Apply HERE


It’s difficult now in 2016 to remember a time when there was no Premier league, kids of today will assume it has always been this way, I can assure you that I for one am unfortunately old enough to remember when the whole league system was united and money was shared.

So we look back now and consider…

Has the Premier league failed to live up to its founding principles??

Good question, let’s go back to 1992 when the elite clubs fought to  have a breakaway league, they said;


Youngsters being ‘priced out’ of grassroots football by high charges for all-weather pitch

A row has broken out about the right to charge football players for the use of an all-weather pitch paid for with money intended to boost access to the grassroots game it is claimed by the Nottingham Post. Details are as follows. 

Burton Joyce Parish Council is charging up to £67 for people to hire an all-weather football pitch, with adjoining playing fields fenced off to the public 

 FREE Grassroots Magazine Here 
A row has broken out about the right to charge football players for the use of an all-weather pitch paid for with money intended to boost access to the grassroots game.

Some parents in Burton Joyce think that the £374,000 facility at the Poplars, which opened over the winter, is pricing young people out of using the area that used to be free for a kickabout.

But Burton Joyce Parish Council has defended its decision to charge between £40 and £67 to hire the pitch for the length of a game, and said 500 players use the facilities without complaint each week in front of 400 parents.

Steve Brown, who lives in the village, said: “The facility, which was once the hub of the community, is now locked away from use.
“Strangely, Burton Joyce Parish Council has taken it upon itself to erect a two-metre-high metal security fence around the 15-acre park fields and put up signs saying that the grassland is only available for private hire.

“That’s OK for the teams and those able to afford or plan ahead but what about the real grassroots of sport, a casual kick around after school, a parent and teenager game of cricket, a family game of rounders and a picnic?
‘Seemingly, the likes of these activities are not welcome at the Poplars,” he added.

Mr Brown said that he feels like the 15-acre Poplars space is all fenced off, despite the new pitch only taking up a small section of the fields.

Burton Joyce Parish Council says the fence protects the new pitch from vandalism and said the Poplars was never a public park in the first place.

Council chairman Steve Cluff said: “It has been the case due to the lack of security through boundary control, that over the years the Poplars has been subjected to numerous break-ins, car thefts, ram raids, unsociable evening activity and an explosion in random play, goal damage and dog fouling.
“It has been 100 per cent successful in reducing crime and drug use since December 2015 at the ground.

“The Poplars Sports Ground is not a public park and never has been since its inception in 1997.

”We pay rent and rates to the tune of £25,000 which has been traditionally funded from our various sports clubs.”

The pitch was part-funded by the FA and the Football Foundation to the tune of £259,000.

Gedling MP Vernon Coaker wrote to the parish council on behalf of Mr Brown and said he could understand both arguments.
He said: “It’s a fantastic investment that has been introduced to Burton Joyce. It’s led to a major new facility, which is great. 

The council has tried to ensure as much accessibility as possible while ensuring the quality of provision is maintained.

“Sometimes that’s a very difficult balance but if this issue remains, I’m sure the council will be open to people talking to them about it.”

Story via The Nottingham Post