FUNDING: Barclays Community Football Fund – apply by 12 Apr

In Partnership with Sported, Barclays are offering small grants for football and community groups to expand their existing provision to new audiences or to those already delivering football to under-represented young people.

The Access Grants of £1,000 aim to help make playing football more accessible at a grassroots level and deliver football to underrepresented young people, such as girls, those from culturally diverse communities, people from the LGBTQ+ community and young people with disabilities.

The funding can be used for anything that will support delivery. Typical examples of costs might include a contribution towards:

• Venue hire
• Coaching costs
• Volunteer expenses
• Equipment
• Kit
• Marketing and communications
• Training and qualifications
• Insurances and affiliation

It will not fund trips abroad, costs associated with elite football or talent development, and school based football activities.

There are two funding rounds this year, open as below:

  • Monday 12 February until Friday 12 April 2024
  • Monday 15 July until Sunday 15 September 2024.

The fund is expected to be extremely popular and funding rounds may close earlier if a high volume of eligible applications are received.

For full details and to apply, visit the Barclays Community Football Fund webpage.