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Grow the Game

Delivered by The Football Foundation, the 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 Grow the Game scheme is designed to increase participation in our national game by helping clubs with the costs associated with creating new

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teams, which will give opportunities to those who have limited options to join a team. The grants aim to lessen the burden of costs associated with starting new teams such as FA coaching courses, league affiliation costs, kit and equipment, referees’ fees and first aid kits.

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 – and applications from all of these groups are encouraged.

Usually open from February through until April, applications and be made by clicking HERE.

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Here are some answers to your frequently asked questions

There is a dedicated page on the Football Foundation website in relation to the Grow the Game funding. This area of the website is split into seven sections to provide support on every step of your project, from pre-application advice to maximising participation. Use the navigation on the right to move between sections. It is recommended to read through all of the sections before proceeding with your project.

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.

Applications are welcomed from any not-for-profit organisations, including:

  • 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 league