To prevent the cancellation of thousands of football matches in England each year, the Football Foundation has launched a new £14 million fund to improve and maintain the quality of grass pitches.
The Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund will provide eligible grassroots clubs, leagues, charities and National League System Clubs (Step 1-6) with a tapered six-year grant of £2,500 to enhance pitches that are considered ‘poor’ or ‘basic’, or £750 to help them sustain pitches already at a ‘good’ level.
All applicants must have the required security of tenure and have a pitch inspection before an application can be submitted. Funding can be used to carry out maintenance recommendations provided by the Foundation which can include contractor works, and the purchase of materials and equipment.
Applications will be accepted until the fund has been used. The fund is allocated on a first come first-served basis.