Emergency Football Relief Fund

The Emergency Football Relief Fund has been established using funding from the Premier League, The FA and Government as a response to the recent storms that have affected the North of England.

Many grassroots football clubs have seen their pitches, changing rooms and stands damaged by strong winds and heavy rain fall, causing matches and training sessions to be postponed and many facilities are now unsafe for use. The Emergency Football Relief  Fund will help to make these facilities safe and fit for purpose again after the devastating impact of the storms.

Up to £750,000 has been made available to rebuild and repair grassroots football pitches and facilities that have suffered storm damage and flooding, to enable football to continue across the affected regions as quickly as possible.

The funding is available for grassroots football, and clubs across all levels of The FA National League System (Step 1 to Step 7) that require assistance to make facilities safe and fit for purpose following damage by the recent storms, to allow football to continue. The Fund is focussed upon, but not limited to, the following County FA regions:

  • Cheshire FA
  • Cumberland FA
  • Durham FA
  • Lancashire FA
  • Liverpool FA
  • Manchester FA
  • North Riding FA
  • Northumberland FA
  • Westmorland FA
  • West Riding FA


Organisations should contact their County FA for more information about how to access this emergency relief funding.
The following link contains contact information for all County FAs: www.thefa.com/countyfa 

Applicants should be aware of the following criteria:

Maximum grant amount
The maximum grant amount is £50,000, up to a maximum of 100% of project costs. Applicants need to demonstrate that they are unable to access funding via alternative sources, e.g. via an insurance claim.

Eligible works
Any works required as a result of flooding or storm damage that are needed to make football facilities safe and fit for purpose to allow football activity to resume on a site. Applicants must have Security of Tenure on the site for a period of five years at the point of application. Retrospective applications for works already completed will not be considered.

Application process
Applicants need to submit a short application, using a simple template application form which will require the following information:

  • Applicant contact details
  • A description of the issues that have occurred, with supporting photographs as appropriate
  • A short description/specification of the works that are required to rectify the damage. This may include other supporting documents such as specialist reports
  • Three like-for-like quotations for the works, based upon a common specification document
  • Details of the football activity that cannot take place due to the damage that has occurred
  • Details of any insurance policies that are in place for the site covering such events
  • Details of any partnership funding available
  • Evidence demonstrating financial need for the grant (i.e. last three years accounts, copy of latest bank statement, evidence that an insurance settlement will not be sufficient for the works required)
  • Site ownership information to confirm that suitable Security of Tenure is in place

A copy of the application form will be made available once you have liaised with your County FA.

Decision process

We aim to provide a decision on applications as soon as possible. Applicants cannot commence works until a decision on an application has been given, unless written agreement to do so has been received from the Foundation.

Types of project

  • Replacement floor, wall and ceiling finishes
  • Replacement of damaged fixtures, fittings and equipment
  • Hire of temporary modular units
  • Pump and dehumidifier hire / purchase
  • Strip out and disposal of damaged materials, including skip hire
  • Deep cleaning
  • Electrical and mechanical remedial works
  • External works, including site clearance of flood deposits, repairs to roads, paths and car parks
  • Remedial works to site boundaries including fences and gates
  • Natural turf pitch remedial works
  • AGP remedial works

 The above is not an exhaustive list.

First published: www.footballfoundation.org.uk December 2015