The Gloucestershire FA have a key role to support any Facilities Project by guiding you through the funding that is available and most appropriate through either, the Football Foundation, Sport England or Local Authorities.
The Gloucestershire FA recognises the importance of high quality facilities for Football within the County. Working in partnership with the Local Authorities within the County to understand the demand for facilities, protecting playing fields and working together to address any issues with the loss of facilities. Funding for Facilities is constantly changing, but the Gloucestershire FA aims to keep you up to date with the main funding bodies that can support the development of any facility project.
|Football Facility Enquiry Form|
If your club or organisation have a project in mind The FA now runs an online expression of interest form for clubs or organisations wishing to apply for funding for new facilities, where clubs can outline their project, end users and other supporting materials. Click the link below or copy the URL into your browser window.
|Facility Funding Opportunities|
Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund provides grants for building or refurbishing grassroots facilities, such as changing pavilions and playing surfaces for community benefit. The maximum grant available from the Foundation for each facilities project is £500,000 and the minimum grant available from the Foundation through this scheme is £10,000.
Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme. 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. The aims of this scheme are to: Support the growth of football clubs and activity, prevent a decline in football participation, make improvements to facilities to address any health and safety issues.
Respect Equipment Scheme. The FA and Foundation’s Respect barriers and Respect packs (made up of captains’ armbands, marshals’ bibs and Respect Signage) are available to football leagues and clubs to ensure there is good behaviour by players and parents alike in the grassroots game, with money provided by The FA and vouchers supplied by the Foundation
In December 2016 Sport England will launch the first phase of their new Community Asset Fund. If you’re an organisation looking to take over sports facilities, a sports club that wants to expand or you have a great idea for a project that’s clearly needed in the local community, then this could be the fund for you. £7.5 million will be available for single and multi-sport community facilities in this phase.
Based on similar projects we’ve already supported, Sport England expect to make awards of between £5,000 and £150,000. Organisations will be able to submit bids from the beginning of January 2017 with the first awards from April 2017 onwards.
It might be that your facilities project is already right for one of Sport England’s open funding programmes, like the Strategic Facilities Fund. Find out more here.
In January 2017 Sport England will Publish their wider facilities investment guide, giving partners more information on the type of projects they are looking to support, the people who they want to benefit and the outcomes Sport England are seeking to achieve.
|Support and Guidance|
For more information on developing your facilities or to discuss your project ideas contact Matthew Boucher, Football Development Manager on 01454 615888 or email: Matthew.Boucher@GloucestershireFA.com