£9.5m Pitch Preparation Fund

The FA, the Premier League, and the government (through Sport England) have jointly launched a £9.5m ‘Pitch Preparation Fund’ to support grassroots clubs facing challenges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, and to help them get “match-ready” for when restrictions are lifted.

The fund, which will be delivered through the Football Foundation, will provide financial support in the form of grants to clubs across the country struggling to maintain their football pitches in the wake of disrupted revenue streams.

It is open to football clubs and voluntary organisations that maintain their own natural grass pitches and have at least 12 months’ security of tenure; clubs with suitable tenure for a 3G artificial grass pitch are also eligible to apply.

If you think a club or organisation could benefit from this support, please refer them to the Pitch Preparation Fund page on the Football Foundation website where they can check the full eligibility criteria and apply. The application window is open now and closes at 9pm on Monday 25th May.