Grant-Making & Projects

What is the Focus of the Football For Change fund: The fund considers a wide range of community and charitable projects which support young people, between the ages of 12-18 years old, facing social and economic barriers when trying to reach their full potential. These are young people who’ve experienced poverty and those who have suffered tough starts in life.

How is the fund managed: UK Community Foundations is the charitable fund manager for Football For Change. A panel meets twice a year to decide on funding applications. UK Community Foundations is a registered charity in England and Wales.

How much is available: Grants of up to £10,000. There are two budget rounds per year.

Priorities: The fund focuses on projects that support young people by funding life-changing social mobility projects in education, employment, and sport. The fund will support community projects that remove barriers to young people reaching their potential and inspire them to achieve. The young people will be predominantly those who are not in employment, education and/or those who have experienced social and economic challenges. The fund also focuses on supporting BAME communities.

Examples of the sorts of projects that may be funded: 

  • Education programmes supporting young people to gain access to higher education and/or training
  • Life-changing sporting opportunities that give young people the chance to access careers in sport or participate in sporting events they wouldn’t normally be able to due to financial barriers
  • Training and apprenticeships/career development
  • Programmes which help young people affected by crime build better futures

This list is not exhaustive.

How to apply: Please visit the Community Foundations website – and complete an online application form. The funding panel meets twice annually.

Funding Recipients