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The key changes at Non-League level that will
impact clubs down to Step 7 include:
• The Step 2 ceiling has been increased from
£150,000 to £250,000.
• Clubs can now apply for financial suppor t of
up to 50% of the total project cost for Steps
1 to 5 and 70% for Steps 6 and 7. Previously
percentages varied star ting at 20%, and the
change will be of par ticular benefit to the
higher levels of the Non-League Pyramid.
• Hospitality areas have been made eligible
throughout the Pyramid covering all types of
food and drink outlets, from simple tea-bars
to function suites, in order to provide greater
revenue generation oppor tunities.
• Grants are now available for several items such
as players’ and officials’ protected walkways,
press seating, team dug-outs, pitch maintenance
equipment and ball-stop netting, which were all
previously ineligible.
FOOTBALL STADIA IMPROVEMENT FUND
FSIF ELEGIBILITY CRITERIA
The Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) has
announced a change in eligibility criteria, meaning
clubs can apply for a higher percentage of financial
suppor t over a wider range of projects.
Funded by the Premier League, the FSIF provides
grants towards projects that help improve the
comfor t and safety of lower league football grounds
in both the professional and amateur game – from
new football stands and turnstiles, to floodlighting and
improved provision for disabled suppor ters.
Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive of the Premier
League, said:
“These changes are for the long-term
good of football. It will be easier for clubs to get
hold of funding.What that will hopefully mean is
that more facilities will improve and more players
will want to play and, just as important, more
people will be able watch and generate valuable
resources for their clubs.
“There is £6m there annually for clubs to access
and we want as many to benefit from it as possible.
Grassroots is fundamental to football because the
wider the base, the better it will be at the top.
The English pyramid is the envy of the world and
programmes like the FSIF will ensure that this
continues to be the case.”
Visit the FSIF page on the Foundation website to
find out more information and download the FSIF
‘eligibility criteria’ poster.
* The Step 7 ceiling grant for changing rooms is £50,000
** Only after securing promotion to the Football League
*** Pitch irrigation maximum 50%
**** Permanent buildings only with planning permission
Every application from Football League clubs considered
on its merits up to a ceiling of £750,000 but taking
account of all previous awards since 1990.
The Football Stadia
Improvement Fund
makes it easier for clubs
to access stadium funding
FSIF ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Ceiling grants
£400k
£250k
£150K
£100k
£100k
£20k
Maximum percentage grant
50%
50%
50%
50%
70%
70%
New covered seating
New open seating
x
x
x
x
x
x
New open or covered safe terracing
Upgrading open safe terracing
Convert terrace to open seating
x
x
x
x
x
x
Convert terrace to covered seating
Ingress, egress and circulation
First aid rooms
Secure boundary fencing and gates
Pitch perimeter rails, barriers + infill
Players and officials safe walkway
Pitch perimeter hardstanding
P A systems (initial provision only)
CCTV (initial provision only)
**
x
x
x
x
x
Computerised turnstiles
**
x
x
x
x
x
Control rooms
**
x
x
x
x
x
Mains service connections
Crush barrier installations
New floodlights and upgrades
Emergency lighting (initial provision only)
Spectator toilets
Press seating
Turnstile and pay kiosks
Changing rooms
*
Pitch drainage
Pitch irrigation
***
***
Car and coach parking
Access roads
x
Stewards radios (initial provision)
x
x
x
x
Hospitality areas (incl. tea bars****)
Artificial pitches
x
x
x
x
x
x
Viewing for disabled spectators
All facilities for disabled spectators
*
The Step 7 ceiling grant for Changing Rooms is £50,000
**
Only after securing promotion to the Football League
***
Pitch irrigation maximum 50%
****
Permanent buildings only with planning permission
Every application from Football League clubs considered on its merits up to a ceiling of £750,000 but taking
account of all previous awards since 1990.
STEP 1
STEP 2
STEPS
3&4
STEP 5
STEP 6
STEP 7
Step 1 Step 2 Steps
3 & 4
Step 5 Step 6 Step 7
Ceiling grants
£400k £250k £150K £100k £100k £20k
Maximum percentage grant
50% 50% 50% 50% 70% 70%
New covered seating
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
New open seating
✕ ✕ ✕ ✕ ✕ ✕
New open or covered safe terracing
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Upgrading open safe terracing
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Conver terrace to open seating
✕ ✕ ✕ ✕ ✕ ✕
Convert terrace to covered seating
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Ingress, egress and circulation
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
First aid rooms
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
S cure bou ary fencing a d gates
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Pitch perimeter rails, barriers + infill
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Players and officials safe walkway
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Pitch perimeter hardstanding
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
PA syst ms (initial provision only)
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
CCTV (initial provision only)
**
✕ ✕ ✕ ✕ ✕
Computerised turnstiles
**
✕ ✕ ✕ ✕ ✕
C ntrol rooms
**
✕ ✕ ✕ ✕ ✕
Mains service connections
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Crush barrier installations
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
New floodlights and upgrades
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Emerg ncy lighting (initial provision only)
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Spectator toilets
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Press seating
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Turnstile and pay kiosks
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Changi g rooms
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
*
Pitch drainage
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Pitch irrigation
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
***
***
Car and coach parking
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Access roads
✕ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Stewards radios (initial provision)
✔ ✔ ✕ ✕ ✕ ✕
Hospitality areas (incl. tea bars****)
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Artificial pitches
✕ ✕ ✕ ✕ ✕ ✕
Viewing for disabled spectators
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
All facilities for disabled spectators
✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
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