Facilities and Funding

This section of our website is aimed at guiding you towards organisations that provide grants that might make the difference between a project being completed or not.

There are several organisations and we have listed them below:

Local Authorities:
If you are looking for funding it is always worth looking closer to home first, Local Authorities often have their own grants and bursaries available to Organisations & Individuals who live in the local authority area.

Football Foundation:
• Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund
The Football Foundation’s funding partners - the Premier League, The FA and the Government (through Sport England) will be investing £102 million over the next three years into a new fund to be managed by the Football Foundation, that will be open to football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations to support the development of new or refurbished local football facilities.

Facilities Scheme
The Facilities Scheme gives grants for projects that:
- Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities
- Sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability
- Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.

Build the Game
The Build the Game scheme provides grants for small facility projects.
They aim to assess applications to this scheme within 12 weeks.

Grow the Game
Grow the Game provides funding for projects that use football to increase participation by both players and volunteers.

• Football Stadia Improvement Fund
The Football Stadia Improvement Fund provides money for clubs in the Football League and the National League System down to step 7 and below who want to improve their facilities. 

Active Sussex:
Funding for sport:
- Do you need financial support to improve your facilities, training or delivery?
- Whether you’re a club, individual athlete, local authority, community organisation or sports body, Active Sussex can help you access up-to-date funding.

Sport England:
Sport England is committed to the creation of a world-leading community sport environment. This means focusing their investment on organisations and projects that will grow and sustain participation in grassroots sport and create opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport. In addition to their investment in key partners to deliver specific objectives, they are launching funding programmes open to a wide range of organisations. These include sports clubs, voluntary or community organisations, local authorities, schools, colleges and universities.

The funding programmes that are currently open are:
- Small Grants
- Sportsmatch
- Iconic Facilities Fund
- Protecting Playing Fields

• Small Grant Scheme 
The Sport England Small Grants Programme uses lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to deliver new community projects to either grow or sustain participation in sport or to support talent development.
- You can apply for any sum from £300 to £10,000 but the total project cost cannot exceed £50,000

• Sportsmatch
Sportsmatch makes awards to not-for-profit organisations that have secured sponsorship to deliver new community projects for young people (aged 14+) and adults to take up and keep a sporting habit for life.
Sportsmatch uses money from the government to encourage new sponsorship of grassroots community sport. Priority is given to applications seeking to match sponsorship from the commercial sector but donations from private individuals or charitable trusts are also acceptable provided they meet our sponsorship eligibility criteria.

• Inspired Facilities
Inspired Facilities is focused on making it easier for local community and volunteer groups to improve and refurbish sports clubs or transform non-sporting venues into modern grassroots sport facilities.

• Iconic Facilities
World-leading facilities are not simply the most attractive in terms of design, nor the most advanced in terms of equipment - they are sustainable in their operations and focused on their users. Sport England's Iconic Facilities fund draws on the inspirational pull of London 2012 to create local beacons for grassroots sport. They are investing £30m in innovative, large-scale, multi-sport facilities' projects that are regionally significant for at least two sports and can demonstrate long-term financial viability.

Enhancing Communities Programme:
Enhancing Communities is the name of SITA Trust's funding programme for community improvement projects. They support projects that make physical improvements to community leisure facilities and historic buildings/structures. Not-for-profit organisations including community groups, parish councils, local authorities and charities can apply.
- They can support projects in any of 90 funding zones around qualifying waste processing sites owned by their donor, SITA UK. To see if your projects site is in a SITA Trust funding zone please visit their website.

For further details on Facilities and Funding please contact Development: 

T: 01903 766855
E: Development@SussexFA.com

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