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Barclays / Community Football Fund/ 12 April 2024/15 Sept

Grants available:  up to £ 1,000

District: UK

Application closes: 2 rounds closing dates 12 April 2024 and 15 September 2024

Who is the funding for : under represented groups (non-school football activities)



The Barclays Community Football Fund, in partnership with Sported, is a three-year programme, running from January 2022 to December 2024. During this time, it will offer grants and additional support resources to grassroots groups across the UK.
This is an access grant which aims to help improve access to football for all. The funding is for groups that are running football activities for one or more of the following underrepresented groups: women and girls, young people with disabilities, young people from racially diverse communities, young people from the LGBTQ+ community and young people from lower socio-economic groups.

Who Can Apply

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Operate in an area of high deprivation and support the hardest to reach young people facing multiple disadvantage. Only organisations located in or supporting young people from IMD areas 1-3 are eligible to apply. (Please note that disability football applications from groups that sit outside of IMD areas 1-3 will be considered.)
  • Be already delivering football activities to young people under the age of 25, or you are wanting to start with support from the Access grant.
  • Be delivering services directly to beneficiaries from one or more of the priority groups as follows; women and girls, young people with disabilities, from racially diverse communities, from the LGBTQ+ community and from lower socio-economic groups.

Deep Impact grants are for existing grantees, who have already received a £500 access grant from the Barclays Community Football Fund in 2022 or 2023. They  can apply for further funding to develop and grow their football activities for those hardest to reach young people. Alternatively, some organisations will be contacted directly to apply.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Schools and other educational establishments.
  • Multiple teams or projects within the same organisation.
  • Trips abroad.
  • Costs associated with elite football or talent development.
  • School based football activities.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding can be used for anything that will support delivery of football activities to under-represented groups.

Typical examples of costs might include a contribution towards:

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

The funding should support engaging under-represented young people, particularly girls, and get them involved in football activities.