Grow the Game funding available for 2016

Clubs looking to start new teams can apply for grants of up to £1,500 from the Football Foundation

Football Foundation Grow the Game

Many grassroots football clubs looking to start a new team can apply for a £1,500 Football Foundation grant to help them on their way.

The Grow the Game scheme, which is open for 2016 applications from 1 February to 10 March, will provide £1.5m of funding to help grassroots clubs in England looking to start teams that cater for adults, girls, boys aged 14+ and disabled players.

One of the Foundation’s most popular schemes, Grow the Game is designed to help clubs with the associated costs of setting up teams that will increase participation in these under-represented groups, for whom opportunities to play are limited.

£1,500 is available for each new team that a club creates, to help cover the costs incurred for league entry, referees’ fees, FA coaching courses, football strips, first aid kits and more.

Applications are only being accepted for teams within the following target groups, providing they meet the basic eligibility criteria:

* Women and girls
* Disabled players
* Male teams at under-14s and upwards

Football Foundation ambassador and Sky Sports News anchor Hayley McQueen, said: “The Grow the Game scheme is an excellent chance for grassroots clubs to expand and get coaches qualified. I think getting more people playing sport is very important so to give football teams the resources to do this is fantastic to see.”

Funded by the Premier League and the FA, Grow the Game is delivered by the Football Foundation, the nation’s largest sports charity.

The Grow the Game application window is open from Monday 1 February to Thursday 10 March 2016. To find out more contact your local County FA or visit

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  1. Kevin Hudson on January 29, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Is this for teams in England only? I run a club in South Wales. Thanks

  2. Andy on January 29, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Got email which say grow your club
    Read the bit of about being able to apply
    For 1,500 pound for starting a new team
    However u14 and above.
    Doesn’t grassroots have teams of younger age
    Group or is this discriminating the younger age

  3. Club Website on January 30, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Hi Kevin – re Welsh clubs, the official line from the Football Foundation is:

    ‘‘Please note only Football Club Community Schemes linked to football clubs in the English Football League (Cardiff and Swansea) or clubs in the English League Pyramid System (Colwyn Bay, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport County, Newport IOW and Wrexham) are eligible for funding’’

  4. Mark on February 5, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I agree with Andy, why does the funding start at Under 14’s for boys? Shouldn’t we be encouraging new teams at all age groups?

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