How can I access funding for a new 3G football pitch?

Here’s a scenario that might sound familiar. You’ve decided that your club or school could benefit from a new 3G football pitch, but you need to secure the funds to make your vision a reality. After all, financing major construction work can often be easier said than done.

The good news is, help is at hand. Through the Football Foundation’s framework agreement for artificial grass pitches, the industry has set standards to maintain, and a system for those looking to secure additional funds.

What is the framework agreement for 3G pitches?

The Framework agreement was originally formed through an agreement between the country’s top sports bodies. The Football Association (FA) and The Football Foundation, came together with the Rugby Football Union (RFU), England Hockey and Sport England to identify the best artificial turf suppliers to ensure the procurement and installation of their products are as consistent in price as they were in quality. The Framework is also closely linked to the Football Foundation’s funding scheme too, making it the best route to explore if you are eager to have a new or replacement 3G pitch installed.

How do I apply for funding for my new 3G football pitch?

Through The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, grants are available to those looking to build or refurbish a grassroots facility, which is encouraging if you are exploring the potential for a new 3G pitch. The fund is available to football clubs, schools, councils, and local sports associations, with the ultimate aim of improving the experience of playing football and helping to increase participation nationwide.

Grants range from £10,000 to £500,000, so can certainly go some way to helping your new pitch to come to fruition. While you will be expected to secure your own match funding, each project is assessed based on its own individual circumstances.

Grass appeal: A guide to choosing the best 3G football pitch is our new guide, published to help you introduce a top-quality 3G football pitch at your club or school. Download a copy, or contact us for more information on how we can help.