Funding and Facilities

Grants & Funding

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From building a new facility to buying a new team kit, developing the game takes money.

Working in partnership with the Football Foundation, Sport England, Local Authorities and partner organisations, we aim shine to a light on the funding opportunities and grants available to the football community in Norfolk.

So whether you are looking to start new teams, retain existing ones, develop coaches, purchase equipment, renovate facilities or develop new ones…We commit to supporting all funding applications from county clubs, leagues and facility providers with advice and guidance.

Find information on national and local funding opportunities below.

GRants & funding sources
'Grow the Game' provides funding for projects that use football to increase participation by both players and volunteers.

This is done by supporting the costs associated with providing new activities. Grow the Game is an extremely popular scheme and the assessment process is competitive, therefore The Football Foundation strongly recommend that before making an application you contact the County FA Football Development Team to discuss your project.

This year’s Grow the Game application window is currently closed. Further details about the current funding window can be found here.

For further information visit  or alternatively contact the Football Development Team on 01603 704050.

The Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme awards grants of up to £10,000 for the provision of capital items, or to refurbish/improve existing facilities. The aims of this scheme are to:
  • Support the growth of football clubs and activity.
  • Prevent a decline in football participation.
  • Make improvements to facilities to address any health and safety issues.

Click here to find out more.

If you are looking to improve your Football Facilities which could involve refurbishing and improving changing rooms, natural grass pitch improvements and 3G Football Turf Pitch development, the first step in the process is to complete the new Football Facility Enquiry Form (FEF) to register your project.

We would recommend that you contact our Facilities, Investment and Development Manager, Ian Grange, to advise and guide you as to the best way forward and likelihood of success, before you spend time filling out the FEF on 01603 704050 or via email at

For more information and to complete the FEF, please click here.

Please note if you have already started work on your project (for example, building/construction has already begun), then it is unlikely that your project will be eligible for funding.

'Premier League & FA Facilities Fund' has replaced the previous Football Foundation Grass Roots Facilities Fund and Build the Game Scheme.

The Fund will be managed by the Football Foundation and will be open to football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations, to support the development of new or refurbished local football facilities.

For full details on the fund, click here.

All projects will be required to complete a Football Facility Enquiry Form (FEF) in the first instance. More information on the FEF can be found above.

The Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) provides money for Clubs in the Football League and the National League System down to Step 7 who want to improve their facilities.

Grants are available to all member clubs of the Football League and National League System pyramid. Current grant ceilings are:

  • Clubs in Step 1 - £400,000
  • Clubs in Steps 2, 3 and 4 - £150,000
  • Clubs in Steps 5 and 6 - £100,000
  • Clubs in Step 7 - £20,000 (but up to £50,000 for applications including changing rooms)

The percentage level of support will be decided on merit. Clubs are eligible for the appropriate grant ceiling level of funding relative to their league status. The grant ceiling applies to the step the application is playing at when submitting a grant request, regardless of subsequent relegation or promotion.

Norfolk FA Support Process

  • Contact Ian Grange, the Norfolk County FA Facilities, Investment & Development Manager on 01603 704050 or email to discuss your project to gain advice.
  • We will then arrange to visit the site and coordinate a meeting with your league and FSIF Regional Technical Adviser.

For more information visit the Football Stadia Improvement Fund Website –

In addition to The Football Foundation, listed below are some additional funding sources that can be used to assist your project. All listings are linked, so you can click to visit their respective websites.

Active Norfolk

Biffa Award

Big Lottery Fund


Norfolk Rural Community Council

Norfolk Community Foundation

Sports Aid

Sport England

Sports Match

Wren Fund

You should also contact your local council to establish whether local grants are available:

Breckland District Council

Broadland District Council

Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council

North Norfolk District Council

Norwich City Council

South Norfolk District Council

Norfolk County Council

Get In Touch

By Phone: 01603 704050
(9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)

By Email:

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