Fund4Football is an initiative developed by the Manchester FA to reinvest the funds gained from discipline fines back into our grassroots football community.
In 2015, Manchester FA presented a new National Game Strategy for 2015-2019. Part of this strategy was to reduce our reliance on discipline income by 2019 and ensure any discipline income is transparently reinvested back into grassroots football in Manchester.
Over the course of the 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons, there has been a number of windows where Manchester FA member clubs and leagues at grassroots level have had the opportunity to apply for a share of the funds.
Below is an overview of what has been invested so far:
Each window we receive a high number of applications with requests for a variety of investment. The independent review panel consider all the applications using a set criteria, that include:
This season all member clubs and leagues can again 'bid in' for funds. The first window of this season opened on Monday 23 October and closed on Saturday 11 November 2017. Successful applications will be communicated in due course. The next window will open in early 2018.
Documents will be made available when the next window is open in order to apply.
The total amount each season will increase and we are currently the only County FA to offer this to its members.