Fund4Football is an initiative developed by the Manchester Football Association to reinvest the funds gained from discipline fines back into our grassroots football community.
In 2015, Manchester FA presented a new National Game Strategy for 2015-2019. Part of this strategy was to reduce our reliance on discipline income by the end of 2019 and ensure any discipline income is transparently reinvested back into grassroots football in Manchester.
Over the course of the last four seasons (2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 & 2018/19), there have been nine application windows where Manchester FA member clubs and leagues at grassroots level have had the opportunity to apply for a share of the funds.
Below is an overview of what has been invested so far:
Each window we receive a high number of applications with requests for a variety of investment, which includes courses, facility improvements, respect resources and kit and equipment.
For the 2019/20 season Fund4Football will be changing to diversify the impact that the initiative has on grassroots football.
Fund4Football will be split into two separate funding streams:
The first will follow the more traditional funding format that has been present for the last 4 seasons. However, the amount of money that clubs and leagues can apply for will be reduced to £250. There will be two windows in the 2019/20 season where the £250 can be applied for.
The second stream will take the format of a small grants fund with clubs and leagues being able to apply for up to £2000. This small grants fund is designed to support those clubs and leagues who are looking to make a considerable investment into a facility or project.
The small grants fund will be open all year round for applications.
The independent review panel consider all the applications using a set criteria:
This season all member clubs and leagues can again ‘bid in’ for funds. The first window of the 2019/20 seasons opens on Friday 11 October and closes on Monday 28 October. All applicants, whether successful or not will be notified.