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The Football Association’s Stay in the Game scheme, formerly known as Retain the Game, is aimed at supporting the retention of adult male teams. The scheme provides grants of £750 to clubs with existing male teams to support the essential costs of pitch hire, training venues, and affiliation fees.

The application window is now open and is due to close on Thursday 6 June at 5pm. 

Step 1 - Eligibility

Who is eligible?

Clubs that operate with two or more male teams (u18s, u19s, u21s, u23s Open Age and Vets) and

  • ✓ Hold the FA’s Charter Standard Award (Adult, Youth, Development or Community)
  • ✓ Adult Clubs that commit to becoming FA Charter Standard within the 2019/20 season.
 

Only one application can be submitted per club.

Priority applications

In the event the scheme is oversubscribed, the following Clubs will be prioritised for a Stay in the Game grant: 

  • ✓ Clubs with three or more adult male teams
  • ✓ Clubs that have been in existence for 5 seasons or more 
  • ✓ Clubs that have been in existence for 10 or more seasons
  • ✓ Clubs who operate in leagues employing Full Time

Who is not eligible?

  • Clubs that benefitted from a Retain the Game grant in 2018
  • Clubs that operate with a single open age male team
  • Walking football teams
  • Futsal teams
  • Small sided football teams
  • University and College teams playing exclusively in BUCs, AoC or Intramural competitions (those playing in community competitions are eligible)
  • Armed Forces teams playing in internal services competitions (those playing in community competitions are eligible)
  • New teams
  • Disability or women/girls’ teams

What do I need to do if our club is not Charter Standard?

In order to apply for Stay in the Game, non-Charter Standard clubs will need to demonstrate they are willing to commit and work towards Charter Standard status. This requires clubs to contact their County FA and initiate the process prior to submitting an application. Charter Standard status will need to have been achieved during the 2019/20 season to receive the second instalment of the grant, if successful.

County FA County FA contact Football Foundation contact Football Foundation contact Football Foundation contact
AFAwww.amateur-fa.com County FA contactSamantha BrownFootball Development Officersamantha.brown@amateur-fa.com0208 733 2613 Football Foundation contactMark HutchinsonGrant Officermark.hutchinson@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4226 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Army FAwww.armyfa.com County FA contactSteven StoneCounty Development Managersteve.stone@armyfa.com01252 347962 Football Foundation contactMark HutchinsonGrant Officermark.hutchinson@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4226 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Bedfordshire FAwww.bedfordshirefa.com County FA contactJames PettyFootball Development Managerjames.petty@bedfordshirefa.com01582 567719 Football Foundation contactKenneth NzeyimanaGrant Officerkenneth.nzeyimana@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4261 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Berks & Bucks FAwww.berks-bucksfa.com County FA contactJonathan WoodHead of Deliveryjonathan.wood@berks-bucksfa.com07764 220065 Football Foundation contactMark HutchinsonGrant Officermark.hutchinson@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4226 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Birmingham FAwww.birminghamfa.com County FA contactOliver HitchcoxCounty Development Manageroliver.hitchcox@birminghamfa.com0121 357 4278 Football Foundation contactMaria FinelliGrant Officermaria.finelli@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4206 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Cambridgeshire FAwww.cambridgeshirefa.com County FA contactKatie CritchleyFootball Development Managerkatie.critchley@cambridgeshirefa.com01223 209034 Football Foundation contactKenneth NzeyimanaGrant Officerkenneth.nzeyimana@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4261 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Cheshire FAwww.cheshirefa.com County FA contactPaul KelsallCounty Development Managerpaul.kelsall@cheshirefa.com01606 871166 Football Foundation contactMaria FinelliGrant Officermaria.finelli@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4206 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Cornwall FAwww.cornwallfa.com County FA contactDaniel GreenoughSenior Football Development Officerdaniel.greenough@cornwallfa.com01208 262984 Football Foundation contactMark HutchinsonGrant Officermark.hutchinson@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4226 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Cumberland FAwww.cumberlandfa.com County FA contactCraig LewisCounty Development Managercraig.lewis@cumberlandfa.com01900 511800 Football Foundation contactMaria FinelliGrant Officermaria.finelli@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4206 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Derbyshire FAwww.derbyshirefa.com County FA contactLiam RooneyHead of Development & Facilitiesliam.rooney@derbyshirefa.com01332 361 422 Football Foundation contactMaria FinelliGrant Officermaria.finelli@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4206 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Devon FAwww.devonfa.com County FA contactChris FrenchCounty Development Managerchris.french@devonfa.com01626 325918 Football Foundation contactMark HutchinsonGrant Officermark.hutchinson@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4226 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Dorset FAwww.dorsetfa.com County FA contactKathryn PurnellCounty Development Managerkathryn.purnell@dorsetfa.com01202 688278 Football Foundation contactMark HutchinsonGrant Officermark.hutchinson@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4226 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Durham FAwww.durhamfa.com County FA contactChris HutchinsonFacilities and Investment Officerchris.hutchinson@durhamfa.com0191 3872928 Football Foundation contactKenneth NzeyimanaGrant Officerkenneth.nzeyimana@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4261 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
East Riding FAwww.eastridingfa.com County FA contactRachel SullivanCounty Development Managerrachel.sullivan@eastridingfa.com07795 482258 Football Foundation contactKenneth NzeyimanaGrant Officerkenneth.nzeyimana@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4261 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Essex FAwww.essexfa.com County FA contactNick EmeryCounty Development Managernick.emery@essexfa.com01245 465271 Football Foundation contactKenneth NzeyimanaGrant Officerkenneth.nzeyimana@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4261 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Gloucestershire FAwww.gloucestershirefa.com County FA contactMatthew BoucherCounty Development Managermatthew.boucher@gloucestershirefa.com01454 615888 Football Foundation contactMark HutchinsonGrant Officermark.hutchinson@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4226 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Guernsey FAwww.guernseyfa.com County FA contactPaul MooneyCounty Development Managerpaul.mooney@guernseyfa.com01481 200443 Football Foundation contactMark HutchinsonGrant Officermark.hutchinson@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4226 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Hampshire FAwww.hampshirefa.com County FA contactSacha NicholasCounty Development Managersacha.nicholas@hampshirefa.com01256 853018 Football Foundation contactMark HutchinsonGrant Officermark.hutchinson@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4226 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Herefordshire FAwww.herefordshirefa.com County FA contactDan ChanceFootball Grant Coordinatordan.chance@herefordshirefa.com01432 342179 Football Foundation contactMaria FinelliGrant Officermaria.finelli@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4206 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Hertfordshire FAwww.hertfordshirefa.com County FA contactSteve MakerHead of Football Development & Investmentsteve.maker@hertfordshirefa.com01462 650219 Football Foundation contactKenneth NzeyimanaGrant Officerkenneth.nzeyimana@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4261 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Huntingdonshire FAwww.huntsfa.com County FA contactAndy ColesSenior Football Development Officerandy.coles@huntsfa.com01480 447483 Football Foundation contactKenneth NzeyimanaGrant Officerkenneth.nzeyimana@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4261 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Isle of Man FAwww.isleofmanfa.com County FA contactLewis QualtroughCounty Development Managerlewis.qualtrough@isleofmanfa.com01624 613750 Football Foundation contactMaria FinelliGrant Officermaria.finelli@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4206 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Jersey FAwww.jerseyfa.com County FA contactBrian OliverCounty Development Managerbrian.oliver@jerseyfa.com01534 500270 Football Foundation contactMark HutchinsonGrant Officermark.hutchinson@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4226 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Kent FAwww.kentfa.com County FA contactLee SutterCounty Development Managerlee.suter@kentfa.com01622 792140 Football Foundation contactMark HutchinsonGrant Officermark.hutchinson@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4226 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Lancashire FAwww.lancashirefa.com County FA contactLee BoyerHead of Facilities and Investmentlee.boyer@lancashirefa.com01772 624000 Football Foundation contactMaria FinelliGrant Officermaria.finelli@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4206 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Leicestershire & Rutland FA www.leicestershirefa.com County FA contactCaroline SmithInterim Facilities Officercaroline.smith@leicestershirefa.com07502039072 Football Foundation contactMaria FinelliGrant Officermaria.finelli@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4206 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Lincolnshire FAwww.lincolnshirefa.com County FA contactAdam ThurstonFootball Development Officeradam.thurston@lincolnshirefa.com0844 9670708 Football Foundation contactKenneth NzeyimanaGrant Officerkenneth.nzeyimana@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4261 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Liverpool FAwww.liverpoolfa.com County FA contactAnthony SmithCounty Development Manageranthony.smith@liverpoolfa.com0151 523 4488 Football Foundation contactMaria FinelliGrant Officermaria.finelli@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4206 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
London FAwww.londonfa.com County FA contactNeil TwitchettHead of Deliveryneil.twitchett@londonfa.com020 7610 8368 Football Foundation contactMark HutchinsonGrant Officermark.hutchinson@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4226 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Manchester FAwww.manchesterfa.com County FA contactRachael BirchallCounty Development Managerrachael.birchall@manchesterfa.com0161 225 1966 Football Foundation contactMaria FinelliGrant Officermaria.finelli@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4206 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Middlesex FAwww.middlesexfa.com County FA contactCraig NicholsonFootball Development Officercraig.nicholson@middesexa.com0208 515 6902 Football Foundation contactMark HutchinsonGrant Officermark.hutchinson@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4226 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Norfolk FAwww.norfolkfa.com County FA contactIan GrangeDevelopment Managerian.grange@norfolkfa.com01603 704059 Football Foundation contactKenneth NzeyimanaGrant Officerkenneth.nzeyimana@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4261 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
North Riding FAwww.northridingfa.com County FA contactAndy ClayFootball Development Managerandy.clay@northridingfa.com01642 717775 Football Foundation contactKenneth NzeyimanaGrant Officerkenneth.nzeyimana@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4261 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Northamptonshire FAwww.northamptonshirefa.com County FA contactIan TintoCounty Development Managerian.tinto@northantsfa.com01604 678405 Football Foundation contactMaria FinelliGrant Officermaria.finelli@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4206 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Northumberland FAwww.northumberlandfa.com County FA contactScott Flynn Facility & Investment Lead Officer Scott.Flynn@northumberlandfa.com0191 2700700 Football Foundation contactKenneth NzeyimanaGrant Officerkenneth.nzeyimana@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4261 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Nottinghamshire FAwww.nottinghamshirefa.com County FA contactLeanne WoodheadBusiness Development Managerleanne.woodhead@nottinghamshirefa.com01159837400 Football Foundation contactKenneth NzeyimanaGrant Officerkenneth.nzeyimana@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4261 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Oxfordshire FAwww.oxfordshirefa.com County FA contactAndrew EarnshawCounty Development Managerandrew.earnshaw@oxfordshirefa.com01993 778371 Football Foundation contactMark HutchinsonGrant Officermark.hutchinson@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4226 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
RAF FAwww.royalairforcefa.com County FA contactPaul McClurgCounty Development Managerssp@coningsby.raf.mod.uk01526 347939 Football Foundation contactMark HutchinsonGrant Officermark.hutchinson@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4226 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Royal Navy FAwww.navyfa.com County FA contactStephen JohnsonCounty Development Managersteve.johnson@navyfa.com02392 723974 Football Foundation contactMark HutchinsonGrant Officermark.hutchinson@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4226 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Sheffield & Hallamshire FAwww.sheffieldfa.com County FA contactMark WozniakFacility & Investment Managermark.wozniak@sheffieldfa.com0114 261 5523 Football Foundation contactKenneth NzeyimanaGrant Officerkenneth.nzeyimana@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4261 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Shropshire FAwww.shropshirefa.com County FA contactMick MurphyCounty Development Managermick.murphy@shropshirefa.com01743 362769 Football Foundation contactMaria FinelliGrant Officermaria.finelli@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4206 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Somerset FAwww.somersetfa.com County FA contactBrendan DixCounty Development Managerbrendan.dix@somersetfa.com01458 832359 Football Foundation contactMark HutchinsonGrant Officermark.hutchinson@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4226 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Staffordshire FAwww.staffordshirefa.com County FA contactKevin StaplesCounty Development Managerkevin.staples@staffordshirefa.com01785 256994 Football Foundation contactMaria FinelliGrant Officermaria.finelli@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4206 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Suffolk FAwww.suffolkfa.com County FA contactJodie AllardFootball Development Managerjodie.allard@suffolkfa.com01449 776311 Football Foundation contactKenneth NzeyimanaGrant Officerkenneth.nzeyimana@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4261 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Surrey FAwww.surreyfa.com County FA contactMike GilhamCounty Development Managermike.gilham@surreyfa.com01372 384192 Football Foundation contactMark HutchinsonGrant Officermark.hutchinson@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4226 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Sussex FAwww.sussexfa.com County FA contactPaul SaundersCounty Development Managerpaul.saunders@sussexfa.com01903 766855 Football Foundation contactMark HutchinsonGrant Officermark.hutchinson@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4226 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
West Riding FAwww.wrcfa.com County FA contactAndrew ShuttleworthFootball Development Managerandrew.shuttleworth@westridingfa.com0113 2821222 Football Foundation contactKenneth NzeyimanaGrant Officerkenneth.nzeyimana@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4261 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Westmorland FAwww.westmorlandfa.com County FA contactJames PattisonCounty Development Managerjames.pattison@westmorlandfa.com01539 730946 Football Foundation contactMaria FinelliGrant Officermaria.finelli@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4206 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Wiltshire FAwww.wiltshirefa.com County FA contactMark YoungCounty Development Managermark.young@wiltshirefa.com01793 486047 Football Foundation contactMark HutchinsonGrant Officermark.hutchinson@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4226 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Worcestershire FAwww.worcestershirefa.com County FA contactMartin CollierFootball Development Officermartin.collier@worcestershirefa.com01905 827137 Football Foundation contactMaria FinelliGrant Officermaria.finelli@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4206 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555
Wales Football Foundation contactMaria FinelliGrant Officermaria.finelli@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555 ext 4206 Football Foundation contactgtg@footballfoundation.org.uk Football Foundation contactsitg@footballfoundation.org.uk0345 345 4555

Why is the FA promoting Adult Charter Standard?

The FA’s research has demonstrated that Adult Charter Standard Clubs are more sustainable and attract additional teams, players and volunteers. If clubs maintain this status, they also receive an annual benefits package from the FA. 

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Step 2 - About the grant

What can the money be spent on?

The grant is designed to cover core costs including:

  • Facility hire (match day or training venue)
  • Affiliation fees

Grant Payment

The grant of £750 will be awarded split across two years. The grant instalment will vary depending on the status of the club. 

The breakdown of funding is shown in the table below:

Type of club Year 1 - 2019/20 season Year 2 - 2020/21 season
Charter Standard £500 £250
Non-Charter Standard £350 £400

Claims

Year 1

Clubs will be paid their Year 1 instalment upfront once they have met all the grant pre-conditions and accepted the grant. 

Year 2

To release Year 2 payment clubs must meet the following conditions: 

  • Clubs will be asked to provide their receipts as evidence of the eligible expenditure for the 19/20 season (Year 1). 
  • Payment will be based on the retention of male teams within the club, your club must retain the following: 


Club size Retention rate
2 male teams 100%
3-5 male teams 80%
6-9 male teams 70%
10+ male teams 65%

The Year 2 funding will not be provided if the above retention rates are not met.

Please note

  • All receipts provided must be dated after the grant offer date.
  • The Football Foundation will not reimburse payments prior to the grant offer (excluding affiliation fees for the adult male teams for the 2019/20 season).
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Step 3 - How to apply

Applications are made through Grantshot, the Football Foundation’s online application portal. 

If you have a Grantshot account, please login to start your application. If you do not already have an account, visit Grantshot to create one. 

Apply for a Stay in the Game grant

Applicants will be notified if they have been successful or not on Wednesday 7 August.

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