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Funding is essential to the growth and development of grassroots football


Working in partnership with the Football Foundation, Sport England, Local Authorities and partner organisations, we aim to shine a light on the funding opportunities and grants available to the football community across Berks & Bucks.

So whether you want to start new teams, retain existing ones, develop coaches, purchase equipment, renovate facilities or develop new ones, we commit to supporting all funding applications from county clubs, leagues and facility providers with advice and guidance.

Find information on national and local funding opportunities below:

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Clubs receive a tapered six-year grant to help them sustain pitches that are already at a 'good' level and enhance pitches that are either considered 'poor' or 'basic'.

To engage with this funding clubs need to complete pitch inspections via PitchPower using a mobile phone or tablet, which is sent to the experts at the Grounds Management Association (GMA), to produce an assessment report within 21 days, with bespoke recommendations. These recommendations will enable clubs to access the Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund which will fund the recommendations made by the GMA.

Depending on the size of the pitch being invested in, up to £2,500 (inc. VAT) per full size 11v11 pitch is available, reduced funding is available for 9v9 and mini-soccer pitches. There is no maximum number of pitches that can be funded on one site. The type of maintenance work that funding can support are:

  • Slitting – contractor works
  • Scarification – contractor works
  • Decompaction – contractor works
  • Selective herbicide (weed treatment) – contractor works
  • Fertiliser – contractor works and/or purchase of materials 
  • Overseeding – contractor works and/or purchase of materials
  • Top dressing – contractor works and/or purchase of materials
  • Soil samplers – purchase of specific type of equipment

Clubs can apply for Small Grants of up to £25k per season. The Foundation will award a maximum grant of £25,000 that does not exceed 75% of the total project costs, applications are open to investing in local facilities to help transform clubs and strengthen communities and make improvements such as:

  • Grass pitch maintenance (including machinery and equipment)
  • Grass pitch drainage
  • Changing pavilion or clubhouse refurbishment
  • Fencing
  • Goalposts
  • Improvements to playing surfaces
  • Portable floodlights
  • Storage containers
  • 3G pitch maintenance machinery and equipment

Investment from the premier league to install automated external defibrillators (AED) and external storage cabinets at thousands of grassroots football facilities, aimed at helping save the life of someone experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest.

The Premier League Stadium Fund (PLSF) is the new name of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF). It takes on the existing work of the FSIF with an extended remit, providing financial support to clubs throughout the football pyramid.

As well as continuing to fund ground-grading requirements, the Premier League Stadium Fund includes a new Club Development Fund to help clubs grow and enhance sustainability. Applications can only be made by Clubs in the National League System (NLS) (Step 1 – 6).

Pitches & Facilities

Projects under the Recreation theme includes building works within communal areas of sporting clubhouses (such as kitchen and toilet facilities) which have a wider community use and are not for the sole use of sports club members.

Under this theme an applicant will have to show evidence of wider community use, involvement and consultation.

Primarily this funding programme is targeted at the voluntary/community sector, including resident’s associations, constituted community groups, Community Interest Companies (CICs), social enterprises, community businesses and registered charities. Grants of up to £75,000 for projects which benefit the quality of life in individual communities, such as enhancing or replacing sport and recreational facilities.

Dedicated funding for projects that: bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities, improve the places and spaces that matter to communities and help more people reach their potential.

Small Grants Programme seeks to develop opportunities for communities to get more people physically active and we'll support new projects through providing National Lottery funding of between £300 and £15,000.

Supports projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings.

Grants for constituted, not-for-profit organisations and local authorities for projects that make improvements to community facilities and the natural environment that are located near a qualifying Veolia site in England.

Applications must come from an FA-accredited club or league and be connected to individuals or projects involved in grassroots football. It can be anything, but examples might include:

  • Vouchers for materials to fix up the clubhouse
  • Money to help pay for tradespeople to make improvements to your clubhouse
  • Support to recover from crime or vandalism
  • Funding to help make your facility safe
  • Help to improve your game and playing environment

Player/Coach Development

Grants to help under-privileged young people stay in sport. Grants of up to £500 are ONLY payable to disadvantaged children aged under 16 for essential sports equipment and clothing.

To support people in Buckinghamshire who are interested in coaching, Leap have a Coaching Fund of up to £400 available which can help individuals achieve leadership or coaching qualifications. In return you must be prepared to deliver activity.

The objects of the Trust are to assist persons who require support whether by reason of poverty, age, ill health, disability or abuse. The beneficiary must have a connection with the game of football, whether it is as a player, coach, manager, referee/assistant referee, administrator or official.

Dependents may also apply to the Trust. The fund has typically been used to provide assistance for people associated with the game who have suffered a match related injury and have seen a temporary reduction in household income.

The FA are awarding Introduction to Coaching Football, UEFA C Licences and UEFA B Licences 20% of all places across their grassroots course provision as fully-funded. The initiative is aligned to our wider goal of helping to increase participation within historically underrepresented groups (including female coaches and coaches from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, disabled and female backgrounds) as well as supporting individuals from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

The Foundation wish to support sporting activity or projects which provide opportunities for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged to fulfil their potential and to develop other personal and life skills.

Funding For Specific Groups

£500 Barclays Community Football Fund is all about inclusion and we want to award funding to groups that are running football activities for one or more of the following underrepresented groups; women and girls; and young people with disabilities, from racially diverse communities, from the LGBTQ+ community and from lower socio-economic groups.

The Trustees will consider grant applications related to the provision of leisure activities for the disabled but favour applications where one or all of the following criteria are met:

  • The potential beneficiaries are physically disabled wheelchair users.
  • Improved access for wheelchair users is proposed.
  • A sporting or leisure activity involving disabled wheelchair users is proposed.

Small grants are available to charities and not-for-profit organisations with a focus on helping disabled and disadvantaged individuals in the UK to participate in sport.

Grants are available for sports clubs and organisations in England to provide or assist in the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation for the benefit of disadvantaged children who are under the age of 21 years.


The Foyle Foundation, Small Grants Scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grassroots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. The Foyle Foundation focus will be to make one-year grants only, to cover core costs, projects, essential equipment or building projects.

Persimmon Community Champions is here to fund local good causes across the UK. Each of our 31 businesses and our PLC head office are giving away up to £64,000 a month to fund local community initiatives. To apply, all you need to do is complete the online form, advising why your group or charity deserves our donation. 

Grants of £500 available to support organisations to improve mental health by:

  • Enabling participation in physical activity.
  • Enabling participation in the arts.
  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty.
  • Supporting marginalised groups and tackling inequality.
  • Improving biodiversity and responding to the climate emergency.
  • Improving green spaces and increasing access to the outdoors.

Dedicated funding for projects that: bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities, improve the places and spaces that matter to communities and help more people reach their potential.

Tesco Community Grants supports schools to apply for extra financial help they might need to provide healthy food and activities that boost young people’s mental and physical wellbeing.

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