THE FA FIVES

Sport England UEFA EURO 2020 Legacy Small Grants Programme

Find out more about the criteria and application process

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and The FA are keen to ensure that THE FA FIVES is not just a success as a festival of football but that it also delivers a tangible legacy.

The FA has worked with Sport England to link THE FA FIVES to Sport England’s existing Small Grants programme which provides revenue awards to support its ‘Towards an Active Nation Strategy’.

The initiative supports the desire to use a diverse range of accessible facilities including park settings for FA FIVES Round One events, with a focus on delivering projects in the top 20% most deprived areas in England (as classified by the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) 2015) and impacting on people from lower socio-economic groups (classified as NS-SEC-groups 6-8)1.

Quick facts

- Revenue investment opportunity

- from £300 to £10,000 - Legacy opportunity

- either pre or post FA FIVES Round One event (for up to 3 years)

- Projects located in top 20% most deprived areas and impacting on people from low socio-economic groups

- Eligible items include coaching/activation costs, venue hire, promotion/publicity, non-fixed equipment, transport/travel costs

- Up to 10% of the grant can go towards the costs of an FA FIVES Round One event (including equipment)

Not-for profit (and for-profit organisations in limited circumstances) can apply for grants from £300 to £10,000 to deliver programmes that:

  • support the activation of local parks and other suitable facilities in the top 20% most deprived areas of England and with a high concentration of inactive people
  • impact on people from low socio-economic groups (Sport England’s Mapping Tool can be used to identify these groups in your local area).
  • sustain the participation interest and activity levels generated beyond UEFA EURO 2020) 

1The National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (the NS-SEC) is the social class grouping system (or variable) that is used for all official statistics and surveys since the 2001 Census.

Sport England has created a Mapping Tool which can be used to identify areas that:

  • are within the top 20% most deprived areas in the country
  • have high concentrations of inactive people
  • have a high concentration of people in NS-SEC groups 6-8
  • where distance from a park or other recreational facility is less than a 20 min walk

Visit Sport England Mapping Tool

How do I use the Mapping tool?

1) Search for the location of your venue by either a post code or town name

2) Once the map is zoomed in on your location, select ‘Index of Multiple Deprivation’ and this will highlight in blue those areas that are in the top 20% most deprived parts of the country

3) Then select the pitch type you are looking for - 3G (artificial grass), grass pitches or public parks

4) This will highlight which venues in your area fall within the top 20% most deprived parts of the country

Applicants must demonstrate how the project has been designed and developed in consultation with the local community to support people to become more active. The focus of any application should be on the difference the project will make on the local community.

Sport England is looking to support projects delivering new activity or projects that show a clear expansion on what the applicant currently offers. They will support those projects which have the best chance of making the biggest impact - not necessarily the best written applications.

Applicants should consider how they are seeking to address the barriers to participating in football outlined in small sided football insights report.

For further information please refer to our useful resources section below.

Online application form

Sport England’s approach to small grants has changed recently in order to make applying for funding simpler. The application form is easier to complete and a few rules about what they cannot fund have been relaxed.

Applications should have the title: EURO 2020 Legacy project and can be submitted during the following windows:

  • Window 1 - Application window 1 closed in January 2020.
  • Window 2 - Application window 2 closed in March 2020.
  • Window 3 - Open 16 November until 21 December 2020 (for projects starting before FA FIVES Round One). Decision due early February 2021.
  • Window 4 - Open 19 January 2021 until 15 February 2021 (for projects starting after FA FIVES Round One). Decision due early April 2021.

Visit Sport England small grants portal

Contact information

If you have any further questions, please contact Sport England on the email below or call them on their funding helpline 0345 850 8508.

Contact Sport England

For more detailed insight on LSEG groups and recreational football please follow the link below to the Football Foundation website:

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