The Football Foundation has awarded grants worth £14 million from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund (PL/FA:FF) towards 163 grassroots facility projects worth £57m between June and December 2015.
Funding from the PL/FA:FF goes towards building new or refurbishing existing floodlit third generation (3G) football turf pitches (FTPs) and changing pavilions across the country. The Fund also provides smaller grants for vital improvements, such as replacing unsafe goalposts and purchasing pitch maintenance equipment. One example of the 163 projects is a £500,000 grant to Beech Hill Primary School in Halifax, which will enable the school to construct a new floodlit 3G Football Pitch. It is predicted that the new facility will increase the number of teams at clubs using the site from 52 to 64. This PL/FA:FF investment will also enable FA Level One and Level Two courses, Goalkeeping Coaching and Junior Football Leader Awards to be held at the site. The PL/FA:FF welcomes applications for grants of between £10,000 and £500,000 from football clubs, professional clubs’ community trusts, multi-sport clubs, local authorities, all educational establishments, registered charitable organisations, and not for profit companies.
Applications can be submitted at any time.