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Before applying to the Grow the Game scheme please ensure your organisation and project is eligible for funding.

Type of organisation

Who can apply

We welcome applications from any not-for-profit organisations, including:

  • Football Clubs*
  • Youth Clubs with a football programme
  • Futsal Clubs
  • Community groups/centre/clubs
  • Charitable Organisations
  • Parish Councils
  • Sports Associations
  • Local Authorities
  • Multi-sports clubs
  • Companies limited by guarantee
  • Professional Club Community Schemes
  • Industrial and provident societies
  • Unincorporated not-for-profit organisations
  • University and College Teams playing in FA affiliated community leagues


* Please note, clubs based outside of England, such as Colwyn Bay, Guernsey, Merthyr Town, Newport IOW and Wrexham are eligible to apply as they play in the English National League System.

Who can't apply

  • Individuals
  • Profit making organisations
  • Leagues
  • Educational establishments
  • University teams playing in BUCS, Intramural, or non-FA affiliated leagues
  • College Teams playing in AOC, Intramural, or non-FA affiliated leagues
  • Organisations who received a Grow the Game grant offered in 2016, or a three-year grant offered in 2015

  • Groups wishing to apply for charitable status (further support is available from the Charity Commission's website)

  • Walking Football Clubs

  • Organisations seeking restrospective funding for costs that have already been made or are due before an offer of a grant has been awarded

Organisations must have a signed constitution (with an appropriate dissolution clause), child protection policy, equal opportunities policy, bank statements and income/expenditure records (for all accounts held by the organisation).

Not for profit

Individuals and profit-making organisations cannot apply to the Foundation for funding.

Educational establishments

Unfortunately, Leagues, Educational Establishments (including Universities) and School Sports Partnerships are not eligible to apply in this round of Grow the Game. We do however accept applications from University and College Teams playing in FA affiliated community leagues.

New activity

We do not fund any existing or retrospective activity through the Grow the Game scheme. This includes training sessions and activity in schools. All activity must be new; we will not support existing teams in any capacity.

Type of team(s)

The following types of team are eligible for a Grow the Game grant in the current round of funding:

  • Male teams - Under-14s to adult
  • Female teams - Under-7s to adult
  • Disability teams



Grow the Game grants will only be awarded to projects that aim to increase participation through establishing new teams to provide opportunities for new players and training new volunteers to support those new teams. 

Number of new teams

Grow the Game grants will only be awarded to projects that develop one or more new teams over a maximum of three years. The maximum number of teams we will provide a grant for is four. At least one of these teams should commence in the 2017–2018 season.

CFA contact

Please do not apply without contacting your County FA and discussing your application. The chance of your application being successful is greatly increased by working with your County FA. All applications will be sent to the relevant County FA for comment as part of the assessment process.

Existing Grow the Game grants

If your organisation has an existing Grow the Game grant you cannot submit an application for a new Grow the Game grant for two years after the date the existing grant was offered.