Clubs can apply for £1,500 per new team that boosts participation for under-represented groups
Grassroots football clubs wishing to expand the range of teams they operate are being encouraged to apply for a share of £1.5 million of Football Foundation funding.
The Grow the Game fund is open to clubs in England aiming to boost playing opportunities for women and girls, disabled players and male teams at under-14s level and above.
Applications are only being accepted for teams within these target groups providing they meet the basic eligibility criteria.
For each new team that a club creates, £1,500 of funding will be made available, with the grants aimed at covering the costs incurred for league entry, referees’ fees, first aid kits, FA coaching courses and football strips.
Grow the Game is designed to increase participation in the national game by helping clubs to expand the range of teams they operate to cater for players whose opportunities to join suitable teams are limited.
The scheme, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, the nation’s largest sports charity, and funded by the Premier League and the FA, was launched by Football Foundation ambassador Ben Shephard.
“I’ve got so much benefit and enjoyment out of playing football, so it is great to see £1.5m through the Grow the Game scheme enabling grassroots clubs to provide those with the least opportunities to play the game to be given the chance," said Shephard.
“The Football Foundation’s partnership with the Premier League and The FA in delivering the Grow the Game scheme has had incredible results since it began in 2010.”
For more information on Grow the Game, or to apply for a grant, visit the Football Foundation website. Deadline for applications is Wednesday 18 February 2015.