Over the next two years, the FA is investing £1.5 million into the Football Foundation’s Grow the Game Scheme to encourage ‘not for profit' organisations to set up one or more new football teams for two underrepresented groups - Women and Girls (age 7 up) and Disabled People.

Grow the Game grants of £1,500 will help to meet the costs associated with starting new grassroots football teams and can cover a range of expenditure including:

• Facility hire

• Hire of FA qualified coaches

• Referees fees

• CRB checks

• Affiliation fees

• League entry

• First aid kits

• Promotion and publicity

• FA coaching courses

The costs of football kit and equipment can also be covered through a bespoke voucher.

Organisations eligible to apply will be:

• Football Clubs

• Youth Clubs with a football programme

• Futsal Clubs

• Community groups/centre/clubs

• Charitable Organisations

• Parish Councils and Local Authorities

• Sports Associations and Multi-sports clubs

• Professional Club Community Schemes

• Companies limited by guarantee and Industrial and provident societies

• Unincorporated not-for-profit organisations

• University and College Teams playing in FA affiliated community leagues This round of funding closes on Thursday 29th March.


The next application deadline for Stage 1 applications to the Royal British Legion's external grants scheme is the 27th April 2018.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available to any not-for-profit or non-statutory organisation running, or planning, charitable activities in support of the Armed Forces community.

Priority will be given to projects or services supporting the following outcome themes:

• Employment and training;

• Family support;

• Homelessness and outreach;

• Supporting the elderly.

Grants awarded in 2016 included:

• X-Forces, a pilot, an enterprise training workshop at four Pop In Centres for Armed Forces community offering advice and support in setting up businesses and teaching the skills needed to succeed.

• Reading Force, to design and provide scrapbooks for children which helps to capture shared memories and creates a book for them and their Service parent deployed on operations to read.

Organisations successful at Stage 1 of the application process will be invited to submit a Stage 2 application.

The deadline for Stage 2 applications is the 2nd July 2018.


Individuals and local groups that would like to hold an event to celebrate Armed Forces Day – Saturday 30th June 2018 - can apply for funding from the Ministry of Defence.

The event can be anywhere in the UK and the funding can be used for celebrations such as (but not limited to):

• A picnic in the park

• Themed BBQ

• Knees up in your living room

• Street party or fête Applicants should try to hold their event on or in the weeks around Armed Forces Day.

The amount of funding the MoD will provide must cover 50% or less of the total costs of running the event.

Event organisers should in the first instance register their event on the Armed Forces Day website and apply before Monday 30 April 2018.


The Fore Trust has announced that its next round of funding will open for applications on the 3rd April 2018.

The Fore Trust is the only open-access funder in the UK offering development funding and strategic support to help early-stage charities and social enterprises to grow and expand.

The Fore will fund any UK registered charity, social enterprise or community interest company that is small (annual income less than £1m) and charitable.

To apply for grants of up to £30,000, organisations must register at the start of each funding round.

As numbers for each round are capped and applicants are selected on a on a first-come, first-serve basis, early registration is recommended.

On successful registration, applicants are sent further details of the application process. The closing date for applications will be the 30th April 2018.

Organisations supported in the past include:

• Empire Fighting Chance; a Bristol-based charity that engages at-risk young people through non-contact boxing, underpinned by tailored support focused on education, well-being and employability.

Funding from The Fore will enable Empire Fighting Chance to take its first step toward scaling by expanding into a second site, in neighbouring South Wales.

• FareShare North East; which works across the North East of England to reduce food waste and fight hunger received funding from the Fore that will allow it to double its reach within two years to deliver 600 tonnes of surplus food to 160 community organisations a year.


As part of a new step-change to tackle the threat of violent behaviour, the Community Fund – which supports community projects to work with young people about the dangers of carrying knives – will have its funding increased to up to £1 million.

Over 40 charities, including the Ben Kinsella Trust, have already benefited by receiving grants of up to £20,000 through the first round of the Community Fund which was launched in October 2017.

In addition, further funding has been secured for Young People’s Advocates until at least the end of March 2019, to provide support for vulnerable women and girls at risk of exploitation by gangs. Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability Victoria Atkins said: Knife crime has devastating consequences for families and local communities and I am determined to provide necessary support for those most at risk.

Tackling this crime needs a change in young people’s attitudes so they are not tempted to carry a knife and understand that they risk inflicting serious injury or even a tragic loss of life if they do.

This new funding will allow communities to work with young people, so they do not want to carry knives.

This will be a commitment in the forthcoming Serious Violence Strategy which will be published later this spring, in which there will be a strong emphasis on early intervention.

The Home Office has already provided around £2.5 million of funding for 13 Young People’s Advocates over 6 years (April 2012 to March 2018) in London, Manchester and Birmingham.

In recognition of the important services these professionals deliver to vulnerable women and girls affected by gangs, funding will continue in order to ensure effective delivery of these services.

Early intervention and prevention will be one of the main messages in the new Serious Violence Strategy to be published later this spring. It will place a new emphasis on steering young people away from crime, while continuing to promote the strongest possible law enforcement approach.