£1500 Grow the Game grants available for Girls, Women and Disability Teams – Apply HERE


Grow the Game

The 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.

The application window is now open and is due to close on Thursday 28 March.



Your organisation must be:

  • ‘not for profit’
  • planning to set up one or more new teams over the next two years


For the 2019 application window your new teams must be one of:

  • Female teams – Under-7s to adult
  • Disability teams


Your organisation must have:

  • a signed constitution (with an appropriate dissolution clause)
  • a child protection policy
  • an equal opportunities policy
  • bank statements and income/expenditure records (for all accounts held by the organisation)


Who is eligible?

  • ✓ 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

Who is not eligible?

  • ✘ 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 2018, or a three-year grant offered in 2017
  • ✘ 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
The Football Foundation


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

  • Facility hire
  • Referees fees
  • CRB checks
  • Affiliation fees
  • League entry
  • Promotion and publicity
  • FA coaching courses
  • Additional courses
  • Football kit/equipment through a bespoke voucher


Grant limits

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.

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

Kit and Equipment voucher

A £350 Nike Kit and Equipment voucher is available for each new team being created. If required, the voucher can be used against either kit or equipment from our dedicated portal. Please note, this is not in addition to the £1500 grant.

Kit set

Examples of kit styles included:
gtg kit

Equipment pack

Examples of equipment included:
The Football Foundation


Before applying

Grow the Game is an extremely popular scheme and the assessment process is competitive, therefore we strongly recommend that before making an application you contact your local County Football Association’s Development Manager to discuss your project in advance of the application window opening.


Once you have consulted your County FA Development Manager you should apply for a grant by completing an online application form and submitting your supporting documents.

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 Grow the Game grant