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£5m made available for football stadium projects

The Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) has announced £5m worth of new funding for stadium improvement projects.

The funds provided by the Premier League, provided by the Premier League will allow the FSIF to offer grants to professional and amateur football clubs in the Football League and National League System (NLS) towards stadia improvement, such as building new stands, floodlights, pitches and CCTV.

The FSIF expect demand to be high with the fund being suspended once the $5m budget has been allocated.

Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the FSIF, said: "Supporters are the lifeblood of our national game. They generate the atmosphere, they bring colour to matches and they help fund their club’s existence.

"I am therefore delighted that the Premier League is securing the FSIF’s future. This means that vital funding towards stadia improvement will continue to help ensure that football fans and players across the country, and at all levels, enjoy their matches in comfort and safety."

Richard Scudamore, chief executive of the Premier League, added: "The Premier League has funded the FSIF since it was launched in 2000. In that time it has provided crucial financial assistance for clubs throughout the football pyramid to improve their stadia.

"It has always been important to us that clubs and their fans at all levels of the game continue to benefit from Premier League funding. This new deal ensures that going forward."

Women’s teams will also be able to apply for funding ahead of the launch of the FA Women’s Super League next April, with the new league being set at NLS Step 4, allowing a maximum of £150,000 for Super League sides.

All applications will be judged on financial need and available budget. Grants will be limited to 50% of eligible costs and the following upper limits will be applied:

•Football League Clubs: £750,000
•NLS Step 1: £400,000
•NLS Step 2 to 4: £150,000
•NLS Step 5 and 6: £100,000
•NLS Step 7 and below: £20,000, but up to £50,000 for applications including changing rooms.

Full eligibility criteria for all the above grant schemes can be found on the Football Foundation’s website www.­foot­bal­lfo­un­da­tion.­org.­uk. Expressions of interest in applying for funding should also be made via the Foundation’s website.

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