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Grants available for grassroots clubs

PUBLISHED: 15:30 24 October 2014

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The Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme is awarding ongoing grants of up to £10,000 for the provision of capital items, or to refurbish and improve existing grassroots facilities.

Essex FA Development Manager Brendan Walshe has highlighted the opportunity to local clubs in a bid for further resources to be allocated locally.

The aims of this scheme are to support the growth of clubs and activity, prevent a decline in participation and improve facilities whilst also addressing any health and safety issues.

The minimum grant is £1,000, unless an application is for funding towards the replacement of unsafe goalposts.

Grants, which cannot exceed 50 per cent of a project’s total cost, are awarded to support the costs of various other projects or items, including: portable floodlights, storage containers, changing pavilion/clubhouse refurbishment and external works, grounds maintenance equipment, pitch improvement works (natural and artificial surfaces), fencing.

The scheme is available to local authorities, educational establishments and grassroots football clubs who aren’t part of the FA National Leagues System. Professional and semi-professional clubs are able to apply on behalf of their associated community organisations (from the Barclays Premier League to the Vanarama Conference), to support outreach programmes.

Details are available at footballfoundation.org.uk and applicants are advised to liaise with Brendan Walshe on 01245 393075 or via email at brendan.walshe@essexfa.com in the first instance to gain advice on submitting a quality application.

For further details on football funding, visit essexfa.com, follow @EssexCountyFA on Twitter and search for ‘EssexFootball’ on Facebook.


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