Funding for New Teams

The FA launch 'Grow the Game' and Somerset FA launch our own Growth Fund

£1.5m funding boost for grassroots football
• Grow the Game scheme open for applications
• Grants available for two underrepresented groups

Aspiring grassroots footballers from two underrepresented groups will soon have the opportunity to play in more teams thanks to the Grow the Game programme, a £1.5m investment by The FA.

Grow the Game, which is delivered by the Football Foundation and first launched back in 2010, offers grants to grassroots football clubs that wish to create new teams. This year, applications are being encouraged from clubs who want to start:

• Women and girls teams
• Disability teams

Grow the Game grants help to reduce the costs associated with starting new grassroots football teams by making £1,500 available for each that a club creates. Expenditure that the funding can help a club pay for includes: FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; and even football kit and equipment through a bespoke voucher.

The application window for Grow the Game applications is now open and closes on Thursday 29 March. Clubs seeking more information on the programme should contact Brendan Dix at Somerset FA on, or visit the Football Foundation website to apply for a grant.

Read More about Grow the Game

Somerset FA Growth Fund

To aid the creation of youth and adult male football teams in the county, Somerset FA are also launching their Growth Fund. This fund is for the creation of youth male (14-18) and adult male teams in the county.

Download the application form here.