Developing the game takes money whether it is for building a new clubhouse or buying a new team kit. Help is at hand from a range of Funding pots. Here is your guide to the main ones... Applicants are encouraged to consider how each of the sources could meet their needs thereby ensuring that funds stretch further and that a successful application is more likely. In seeking support from some of these sources, you will generally be expected to demonstrate the wider community benefits of their proposals. In addition, availability of some of the following resources will depend on the location of any proposed project.

The Football Foundation

The Football Foundation is a unique partnership funded by the FA Premier League, The FA and the Government. The Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity. The Foundation offers a number of grant schemes to support football development.

Guidance and advice
All applicants are advised to seek pre application advice from your County FA.  For further information please contact Chris Hutchinson on or 0191 3872928. 

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is available to football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations, 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. For further grant and criteria information access the following link

The Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme awards grants of up to £10,000 for the provision of capital items, or to refurbish/improve existing facilities.

Grow The Game Grant -
Grow the Game provides funding for projects that use football to:
increase participation by both players and volunteers.

This is done by supporting the costs associated with providing new activity.
Grow the Game is an extremely popular scheme and the assessment process is competitive.
Please contact for more information.

Football Stadia Improvement Fund -
The FSIF provides money for clubs in the Football League and the National League System down to step 7 (Wearside League, Northern League, Unibond League) and below who want to improve their facilities.

For further information please contact Chris Hutchinson on or 0191 3872928.

Other Funding Opportunities

Sport England: Sport England is committed to investing in clubs and projects across the country to create a great environment that encourages more people to play sport. Whether you need to make your make your clubhouse more accessible, want to improve the drainage of your pitch or need financial help to put on more coaching sessions, we have a funding stream that could help.

Playing Fields Legacy Fund: The aim of the fund is to get more people, especially the young and disadvantaged, playing outdoor sport through more effective use of playing fields.

ASDA Foundation: ASDA Foundation is set up to assist charities, people and projects within the UK that require financial assistance. The Foundation can only support a limited number of requests which have the direct support and involvement from ASDA.
Eligible activity
Examples of successful funding applications include the purchase of transmission equipment for a community radio station, funding towards a mini bus for a special needs school, allowing children to get out into the local community and the purchase of equipment for a young children’s centre.

County Durham Community Foundation: County Durham Community Foundation is an independent grant-making charity. They promote lasting charitable giving by bringing together donors with their chosen causes, through well targeted grants that make a genuine difference to the lives of local people. Grants support local voluntary-led organisations and projects that have an incredible impact in their community.
Eligible activity
Various funds are available and cover a wide range of activity including training for volunteers and coaches, equipment and the cost of events.

Lottery Programmes: Awards for All: Awards for All is a National Lottery funded programme operated by the Big Lottery Fund. The programme aims to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need through better access to training, creating stronger, healthier and more active communities and improving rural and urban environments.
Eligible activity
Equipment hire or purchase / training / volunteer expenses / land, building and refurbishment projects costing £25,000 or less / publicity materials for use in the project.

Peter Harrison Foundation: Opportunities through Sport: The Trustees wish to support sporting activities or projects which provide opportunities for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged to fulfill their potential and to develop other personal and life skills. Grants will often be one-off grants for capital projects. In some cases funding will be allocated to ‘new’ revenue projects or to projects where funding would be key to their continuation.
Eligible activity
Eligible projects will provide a focus for skill development and confidence building through the medium of sport, projects that have a strong training and/or educational theme within the sporting activity, projects that provide sporting equipment or facilities for disabled or disadvantaged people, projects with a high degree of community involvement and projects that involve children and young people at risk of crime, truancy or addiction.

Sir James Knott Trust: The Sir James Knott Trust is a registered charitable Trust based in Newcastle upon Tyne that supports community projects in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham including Hartlepool. The aim of the Trust is to help improve the conditions of people living and working in the North East of England.
Eligible activity
Grants are available for projects in areas such as education, health and sport, community and arts and culture. Specific examples of funded health and sport projects include funding to Active Berwick towards volunteer sports coach training and Bowburn and Parkhill Community Partnership for a Multi User Games Area.
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SITA is now SUEZ Community Trust: SITA Trust provides funding for physical improvements to community leisure amenities through the Landfill Communities Fund. It supports projects that make physical improvements to community leisure facilities and historic buildings / structures in any of 100 funding zones around qualifying sites owned by SITA UK.
Eligible activity
Suez currently offers two funds.
Primary fund - Grants of up to £50,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations whose significant community leisure amenity improvement project has an overall cost of no more than £250,000.

Bernard Sunley Charitable Trust: The Bernard Sunley Charitable Trust is a general grant making trust. The aim is to raise the quality of life, particularly those who are young, disadvantaged or elderly.
Eligible activity
Previously funded activity has fallen into the following categories
• Education,
• Community,
• Health
• Social welfare
The trustees support capital projects including new builds, refurbishment, equipment and transport.

For further information please contact Chris Hutchinson on 0191 387 2928 or email

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A Guide to Funding Opportunities

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