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Football Foundation - Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund

Summary: The Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund is a £14m fund that provides eligible clubs and leagues with a tapered six-year grant to help them sustain pitches already at a 'good' level and enhance pitches that are either considered 'poor' or 'basic'.

About Football Foundation - Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund

The Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund will open on Monday 15 March.

All applicants must have the required security of tenure and have received a PitchPower Pitch Assessment Report

  • Grassroots clubs
  • Leagues
  • Charities (with an annual turnover of less than £500k)
  • National League System Clubs Step 1-6 (only for pitches at the site that are used for community football)*

To be eligible for this fund you need to own the freehold, have an uninterruptible lease of 10 years, have a licence for 10 years or have the written consent of the landowner.

How much can we apply for?

Funding falls into two categories - enhance or sustain. Your PitchPower pitch inspection (a requirement of the grant) will provide you with a Performace Quality Standard (PQS) per pitch - which will help us decide how much funding you'll be eligible for - and a list of maintenance recommendations which you'll need to carry out as part of your grant award. Grants are paid annually for six years but tapered down during that time. The amounts below show the grant values for the first year at 100% funding.

Funding ranges from £300 - £2,500 per pitch, dependant upon the type of pitch and the category they fall within.

What can the grant be spent on?

The funding provided must be used to carry out the recommendations from your PitchPower Assessment Report. These can include:

  • Contractor works e.g. slitting, scarification or decompaction
  • Purchasing materials e.g. seed or fertiliser
  • Purchasing equipment e.g. Soil Sampler

Routine maintenance work such as grass cutting and line marking aren't eligible.

Before you apply

PitchPower is the tool that will allow clubs and organisations like yours to complete pitch inspections and access funds like this directly from your mobile phone.

if you haven't signed up and completed a PitchPower pitch inspection, you'll need to do this before you can apply for the Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund.

Webinars to help you apply

Our grass pitch webinars will feature more information about the Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund, advice on how to use the PitchPower app and some expert tips from the Grounds Management Association on how to keep your pitches in top condition following the season extension.

Webinars will take place w/c 22 March. You can sign up to receive information on the website.

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