Funded by the Premier League with an annual budget of £6m,
the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) continues the
essential work that was started by The Football Trust in 1990.
The FSIF, which provides money for clubs in the Football League
and the National League System down to Step 7 and below to
improve facilities for players, officials and spectators, has launched
a new website.
You can also find out about the different types of projects that
are now also eligible for funding. For example, clubs can now
apply for grants for press and hospitality areas. In the current
economic climate, being able to offer hospitality has helped to
ease some of the challenges facing lower league and non-league
clubs. Hospitality areas provide clubs with the opportunity to
increase revenue streams; from simple tea bars to function suites,
the new guidelines cover all types of food and drink outlets,
helping clubs create greater income generation opportunities.
It has a range of new features, including: a complete step-by-step
guide to applying for funding, from pre-application advice to the
opening of a project; all you need to know about the application
process; and what kind of project your club could get funding for.
Previously, 20% of the total project cost was available; now, grants
totalling 50% of the total project cost – in some cases 70% for
clubs at Steps 6 and 7 – can be awarded.
Also included is a fantastic 360 degree virtual tour of AFC
Wimbledon’s home ground, Kingsmeadow stadium. Since 2005,
when they were playing their football in The Ryman Isthmian
League, AFCWimbledon has received five FSIF grants totalling
£770,621.The funding has allowed them to make general
stadium improvements, install a new roof for the south stand,
extend the main stand, add more seating, and fit new turnstiles
and floodlights.
Since 2000, a total of £51.67m worth of grants has been
distributed to clubs right across England and Wales through
the FSIF.
This funding from the top of the game ensures that much
needed ground improvement projects throughout the football
pyramid can be undertaken, helping create safe and sustainable
facilities for clubs and their fans for many years to come.
Visit the new website to find out all you need to know about
the FSI
F:
NEW FOOTBALL
STADIA IMPROVEMENT
FUND WEBSITE
The Football Stadia Improvement Fund provides grants to football clubs to
improve their stadium facilities for players, officials and spectators.
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