Fundraising News: Grants

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Alex Welsh, operations director ...

What is the project and when will it start? The All Nations Football Festival began in 2001, providing football and education courses for London's asylum seekers and other groups excluded from football structures.

Its success has seen it transfer to other parts of the UK.

Do you need further funding? The Refugee Integration Fund and Drugs Strategy Directorate of the Home Office matched the foundation's amount. Funding was for three years but we have submitted an application for two more years.

Which of your other projects has the fund previously supported? This is our first grant from the foundation. Since 2001, the society has been awarded a capital grant of £506,000 to build a new pavilion in Greenwich, and an £89,000 revenue grant to develop girls' football.

Was the application a simple process? It was relatively straightforward and not too time consuming because the staff at the foundation were consistently helpful and supportive.

The Football Foundation

What programme does this project fall under?

The scheme was funded through our community and education fund, which has invested almost £20m in community-based football projects.

Do you offer core funding, and what else do you fund? The foundation funds revenue and capital projects. We can provide funding for staffing costs and coaching schemes, and our junior kit scheme has provided 6,000 under-16 teams with kit and equipment. Additionally, our grass-roots scheme has given more than 400 clubs and organisations a total of £120m for modern pitches, changing rooms and floodlights.

Do you take phone enquires about your grant programmes' criteria? Yes.

Potential applicants should call 0800 027 7766 or visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk.

What homework should charities do to improve their chances? Call us because we have dedicated staff to advise all applicants.

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