FOOTBALL SURVIVAL PACKAGE – SUMMER 2021
A GOVERNMENT-FUNDED SCHEME TO FURTHER SUPPORT NATIONAL LEAGUE SYSTEM CLUBS (STEP 3- 6) SEVERELY IMPACTED BY COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS TO PROTECT THEIR IMMEDIATE FUTURE.
Part of the Government’s £600m Sport Survival Package, the Football Survival Package – Summer 2021 is a fund that aims to further support clubs at Step 3 to 6 of the National League System who have been severely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.
Following on from the successful Winter programme run earlier this year, the Survival Package will provide additional support in response to each club’s financial need to survive until the start of next season, but won’t replace all lost revenue or profits over the last 12 months. The objective is to ensure football clubs survive the summer period and minimise the long-term damage to participation as they prepare for the 2021/22 season.
The investment has been provided by the Government, with the support of Sport England, and will be delivered through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).
Below you’ll discover further details about the funding that your club may be able to apply for, what it can be spent on and the application process.
Who is eligible?
National League System clubs that:
- Played at Step 3 to 6 in the 2020/21 season
- Hold less than six months of cash and unrestricted operating reserves
How much can we apply for?
These grants would in addition to any previous grants received from the Football Winter Survival Package – where applicable.
|National League System Step||Maximum Grant|
|Step 3||Up to £15,000|
|Step 4||Up to £10,000|
|Step 5||Up to £7,500|
|Step 6||Up to £5,000|
The ‘Football Survival Package – Summer 2021’ is an extension of the Football Winter Survival Package, which closed in February
What can the funding be used for?
The fund is focused on supporting club survival over the coming months. This means that you can use the grant for the majority of your essential business operational costs. The amount of funding applied for will be specific to your club’s unique circumstances and will be based on financial need – the fund won’t cover all costs or revenues.
All grant applications will be means-tested as part of the assessment by the FSIF. In the application, you’ll have to show the club’s income and expenditure forecast for April to June 2021. If you can evidence that the club is in financial distress and at immediate risk of closure, you may be able to apply for additional support.
When do we have to use it by?
Once your club has accepted the grant offer and submitted a claim, you’ll receive your grant as one single payment. You’ll need to use the funding by 30 June 2021 and submit evidence to us of what you’ve spent the funds on by September 2021.
Ready to apply?
The Football Survival Package – Summer 2021 application window is open between 9am on Monday 26 April and midnight on Sunday 9 May 2021.