The Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund is focused on supporting the development of new or refurbished local football facilities, and replaces the previous Facilities Scheme, Build the Game and the Premier League Community Facility Fund. It is available to football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations.
The Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund gives grants of between £10,000 and £500,000 for projects that:
- Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities
- Sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability
- Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.
The types of facilities the Football Foundation give money for include:
- Grass pitches drainage/improvements
- Pavilions, clubhouses and changing rooms
- 3G Football Turf Pitches (FTPs) and multi-use games areas
- Fixed floodlights for artificial pitches.
Priority for applications involving professional club community programmes will be given to projects that are located within areas of high deprivation (as defined by the Government’s Indices of Deprivation). For projects outside of these areas, priority will be given to those that can demonstrate that it draws a significant proportion of its participants from neighbouring deprived areas.
Schemes that are a joint application between professional club community schemes and grassroots football will be prioritised, as will those supporting 3G FTPs. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that all available options for match funding have been exhausted and to be able to provide evidence for this. As a guide, projects would normally be expected to secure 50% match funding although each project will be assessed based on individual circumstances.
The Football Foundation strongly recommends that applicants use the pre-application advice offered on their behalf by The FA and the network of County FAs around England.