Funding is available for all kinds of football-related projects, and the biggest supplier is the Football Foundation.

Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund
The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund will provide grants for building or refurbishing grassroots facilities, such as changing pavilions and playing surfaces for community benefit, with money provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England) and delivered by the Foundation.

For more information click here

Football Stadia Improvement Fund
The Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) has announced a change in eligibility criteria, meaning clubs can apply for a higher percentage of financial support over a wider range of projects.

Funded with £6m each year from the Premier League, the FSIF is the country’s largest provider of grants towards projects that help improve the comfort and safety of lower league football grounds in both the professional and amateur game. These improvements range from new football stands and turnstiles to floodlighting and improved provision for disabled supporters.

For more information click here 

Goalposts Scheme

The Foundation’s Youth Football Goalposts grants are available to football clubs to cover 50% towards the total cost of purchasing the new smaller goals recommended by The FA for Under-11 and Under-12 matches, which become mandatory for season 2013-14, with money provided by The FA and delivered by the Foundation.

For more information click here 

Guide to Pitch and Goalpost Dimensions

For further information and details on how to apply please contact or telephone 01539 730946.

Build the Game Scheme
This scheme provides funding to refurbish or construct changing rooms, development of grass and artificial pitches and clubhouses for community benefit across the country.

Grants are available up to a ceiling of 90%, however, every application will be judged on its own merits and the average grant given is 50% of the project cost up to the maximum of £20,000.

For more information please visit the Football Foundation website or contact the Westmorland FA office on 01539 730946.

Grow the Game Scheme

The Foundation’s Grow the Game provides grants up to £5,000 for the creation of new football teams and coaching qualifications, with money provided by The FA and delivered by the Foundation.

For more information please visit the Football Foundation website or contact the Westmorland FA office  on 01539 730946.

McDonald's Kick Start Grants
McDonalds have created a grant scheme for everyone who’s involved in community football. With up to £75,000 available this year, we want to help you out by awarding cash grants to the most deserving clubs throughout the UK.

What can you apply for?
You can apply for anything, which will help to support, grow or develop your players and the community. You can apply for one-off grants of between £500 to £2500 including VAT for a single project.

Examples of things McDonald’s will support include, but are not limited to:
Club facilities, grounds-keeping tools, training courses, pitch hire, mini-vans and washing machines; whatever your club and team could significantly benefit from.

Where and how to apply?
For more information on the grant, and to start your application process, click here

Premier League Kit Scheme
The end Premier League season may have been one of the most exciting ever, but the players are helping U16 football teams from across England and Wales prepare for the 2012/13 season.

Through the Players’ Kit Scheme the squads of all 20 Barclays Premier League clubs have provided U16 clubs, schools and youth organisations in England and Wales with free Nike football kit and equipment. Every Premier League squad donated £25,000 to the Scheme to create a £500,000 fund. The Scheme aims to particularly benefit those who come from areas in most need of assistance.

How does the Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme work?
The Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme provides successful groups with a free Nike team strip. Applications are welcome from any club, school or youth organisation.

To be eligible for funding, groups must also:

• Be within the qualifying age group: Under 7 to Under 16
• Have a minimum of ten registered members
• Be affiliated to an English league
• Have a Safeguarding Children policy
• Hold appropriate Public Liability Insurance.

Applications can be made now via clicking here and kits will be available to successful applicants who meet the criteria from August onwards.

Children's Specialist Sports Glasses
The charity "Caudwell Children", may be able to assist children with a donation towards specialist sports glasses.
They are a national charity who help disabled children on a number of levels. They will accept applications from players who need the sports glasses to be able to safely compete as long as the need for the equipment is supported by a medical professional and a coach/manager, then they would be applicable for a donation.

They cannot guarantee that the application will be successful as a number of factors are taken into consideration.
For further details, click here.

Floodlight Funding

The FA have formed an exciting partnership with Shared Access – a leading telecoms infrastructure company - in an £30m programme to provide selected grassroots clubs across England with new or improved floodlighting systems.

For more information CLICK HERE


The FA and Foundation’s Respect barriers and Respect packs (made up of captains’ armbands, marshals’ bibs and Respect Signage) are available to football leagues and clubs to ensure there is good behaviour by players and parents alike in the grassroots game, with money provided by The FA and vouchers supplied by the Foundation.

For more information click here

Sport England
Sport England is working to increase the number of people who play sport regularly and we aim to make lives better through sport.  Currently over 15.3 million people play sport once a week, every week. That is over 1.4 million more than when London won the bid to host the 2012 Games but we want this number to increase.
For more information click here 
Sports Coach UK
Sports Coach UK supports Westmorland FA to recruit, develop and retain the coaches they need to achieve their sports participation and performance goals.

Specifically, Sports Coach UK:
• Support and challenge our partners to improve their coaching systems and grow their contribution to a cohesive UK coaching system.
• Develop coach learning and support that complements sports-specific programmes and aligns with public policy.
• Provide research and good practice that benefits coaching
For further information click here

Active Cumbria
Active Cumbria, the Sport and Physical Activity Partnership is one of 49 County Sports Partnerships (CSP’s) in England; the foundations of the organisation were laid in 1999 when the local authorities in Cumbria came together to collaborate and secure funding to deliver Sport England’s Active Sport Programme
For further information click here

Funding 4 Sport
Funding can be used for:

  • Facility hire
  • Coaching fees (which the scheme can deliver)
  • Equipment 
  • Kits for new teams 
  • Coach education

For further information click here

For further information click on links or alternatively contact the Westmorland County FA Office on 01539 730946 or e-mail