Talbot Road FC who benefited from Manchester FA discipline funds in order to purchase a new Nike kit.


Reinvesting our income back into grassroots.

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:

Date Amount

Successful Applications

February 2016 £5,700 34
April 2016  £6,300 24
October 2016 £4,683 20
February 2017 £6,552 29
May 2017 £6,949 24
November 2017 £6,811 17
April 2018 £6,570 22
October 2018 £4,431
May 2019 £4,797 30

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.

2019/20 Season

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:

Charter Standard Annual Health Check status (if applicable).

Discipline Record (over the last five years).

Projected impact of the investment.

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.

Our Game In Manchester


Our first window of the 2019/20 season is now open!

From Friday 11 October to Monday 28 October your club or league can apply for funds to help with a variety of areas, including coaching courses, kit and equipment.


Applications will only be accepted by Members of Manchester FA. Associate Members cannot apply for Fund4Football. The successful clubs/leagues must be available for media coverage when deemed necessary by Manchester FA to promote the funds awarded and its impact.

Applications must specify which listed item(s) on the application form that the funds are required for, this ranges from coaching bursaries to grounds equipment. Applications will not be accepted for funds to cover league/competition entry fees, facility utility bills or fines of any kind.

A maximum of £250 for traditional funding or a maximum of £2000 for small grants applications. Any applications of more than this amount may be considered on a case-by-case basis. The panel hold the right to award an amount that is less than the initial application and Manchester FA reserve the right to reclaim any unused funding.

Payment will be made to the applicant's Club Bank Account. Applications will not be accepted by any member without a bank account in the clubs/leagues name. Proof of a bank account must be provided with the application.

All clubs/leagues must provide proof of purchase for all awarded funds within eight weeks of the funding being received, failure to do so will result in Manchester FA reclaiming the funds. A database of all applications and awarded funding will be held by Manchester FA. Repeated applications for the same purpose will not be accepted.

The decision of the Independent Panel is final and there will be no appeal process.

To speak to somebody at Manchester FA, contact:

0161 225 1966

The offices at the Manchester Tennis & Football Centre are open Monday-Friday (8am-8pm) and Saturdays (9am-2pm).

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