Now in its tenth year, the scheme, which is funded by the FA and Sport England and delivered by the Football Foundation, has committed £1.5 million to boost grassroots football in England in 2020.
The scheme aims to support the involvement of traditionally under-represented groups in community football with a focus on creating new women and girls teams (from age 7 years on) and disability football teams. All teams within the project must be affiliated for the 2020/21 season.
Grants of £1,500 are available for every new team created and are intended to help relieve the financial burden on clubs by contributing towards FA coaching courses, first aid kits, league affiliation costs, referees’ fees, new kit or equipment, facility hire, promotion and publicity and additional courses. Grant awards are limited to two teams per application.
Last year, the funding helped to support the growth of 884 female and 257 disability teams.
Commenting, Baroness Sue Campbell, Director of Women’s Football at The FA, said:
“We want to ensure that women and girls across the country have opportunities to take part in football. Grow the Game has helped towards The FA’s strategic goal of doubling female participation in recent years and I hope to see even more teams being created and supported in 2020.”
Groups should not wait until the deadline of 31 May to apply as applications will be assessed on a ‘first come first serve’ basis. If the budget for this year is committed before the deadline, the scheme will close to applications.
Further information can be found on the Football Foundation website.