Developing the game takes money whether it is for building a new clubhouse or buying a new team kit. Help is at hand from a range of funding pots.

The Football Foundation  

Build The Game

Provides small grants for facility projects that demonstrate they can support the growth and retention of grassroots football. The maximum grant available is £50,000 and there is no limit to the total cost of a project this could contribute towards.

Sport England  

Small Grants

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.


Sportsmatch makes awards to non profit organisations that have secured sponsorship to deliver new community projects to either grow or sustain participation in sport. Awards between £1,000 and £100,000 can be made to match funding from no more than five sponsors, with each sponsor contributing a minimum of £1,000.

People, Places, Play

The National Lottery will bring funding to local areas to create a legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games in three areas; People, Places, Play


Become a Sports Leader. This project will use the inspirational pull of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics to recruit, train and deploy 40,000 Sports Leaders Across the Country.


Iconic Facilities Fund -
Protecting Playing Fields -  

The Places strand aims to transform the places where people play sport, making the benefits of London 2012 visible in cities, towns and villages across the country by modernising up to a thousand local community sports clubs through the Inspired Facilities Programme. Funding is available between £20,000 and £150,000 with the following rounds, with one in 2011/12, two in 2012/13 and two in 2013/14.


Sportivate is a new programme aiming to capture the excitement of London 2012 and provide attractive sporting opportunities for teenagers and young adults aged 14 to 25. Sportivate will provide 6 to 8 weeks of coaching in the sport of their choice and be guided into regular participation within their community. Sportivate commences in April 2011 and will run for 4 years until March 2015, receiving an investment of £32 million of National Lottery Funding. 

Cash 4 Clubs

Cash 4 Clubs offers all sports clubs in the UK the chance to win grants ranging from £250 to £1,000.

Torch Trophy Trust

The Trust provides small Bursaries to assist volunteers in sport and presents Awards to individuals who have been identified as making an outstanding contribution as a volunteer in their chosen sport.

Awards for All

Awards for All England is a simple small grants scheme making awards of between £300 and £10,000

Sports Coach UK

The Funding Opportunities for Coaching guide provides details about funding available to support coaches and coaching across England. Produced by sports coach UK in partnership with the CSSN and SkillsActive, the Guide provides information on funding available in England to support coaching.

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport provide clubs and organisations across the county with access to information regarding funding; some of which are applicable to local grassroots football clubs. Visit the link below to head to Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport's Funding Finder.

In addition, local sports alliances also have funding options available, which may be of interest to football clubs. Head to the link below to visit the Local Sports Alliance page on the LRS website, and find out more about your relevant locality.

Voluntary Action Leicester (VAL)

The website of Voluntary Action Leicester contains a fantastic toolkit, which may be of use to football clubs wishing to obtain funding. Through this toolkit, organisations can search for funding, browse funding options available and find out more about local schemes.

Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation

Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation is a charity who helps local individuals and companies to give money, in a tax efficient way, directly to local needs.

For further information, please contact:

Joe Dunmore 
Senior Football Development Officer
T: 0116 284 4950
M: 07843 664751

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