Want to join Football v Homophobia?

Small grants available for clubs aiming to increase inclusion for LGBT people in grassroots football

An anti-homophobia campaign has announced a small grants scheme for grassroots football clubs in the UK.

The Football v Homophobia campaign will be providing 10 grants of £200 through the scheme, which aims to encourage grassroots clubs to take part in the campaign’s Month of Action in February.

Football v Homophobia is the Football Association’s endorsed campaign to tackle homophobia and prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in grassroots football.

Campaign Director Lou Englefield said: “Last February 48 out of 92 professional clubs took action to support the Football v Homophobia campaign. In our fourth year, this was a great achievement.

"This season we are aiming to engage even more professional clubs, but also help grassroots clubs get involved in the campaign. The grassroots small grants scheme aims to give a helping hand to junior and adult clubs wanting to take action on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusion”

The £2,000 worth of grants, funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, will be made for actions which further the aims of Football v Homophobia, namely to:

* Make football safe, welcoming and inclusive for LGBT people
* Create opportunities for LGBT people to engage with football
* Improve representation of LGBT people throughout football

Clubs wishing to apply for a grant must outline in no more than 200 words the action they propose to take. Applications must be made at footballvhomophobia.com before 12 December 2014.

Successful applicants will be informed of the outcome by 17 December 2014, giving clubs six weeks to prepare their action.

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