Facilities & Funding
Facilities & Funding
Developing your club through facility development can be used to help not only retain and recruit new players, but can help improve income and/or reduce utility bills, ensure club facilities meet health & safety standards and safeguarding standards.
Your first point of contact for any facility project should be your local RDO and also the GRFU Volunteer sector head, Adrian Siddorn. It's important to advise both so that your project is highlighted on the county facility audit, relevant information can be passed on as well as support to hopefully deliver your project.
There are a range of funding sources to support your project, depending on what it is will depend what best is recommended to apply for.
The RFU have funding opportunities through the Rugby Football Foundation (RFF), There is also a facilities strategy in place to develop club facilities and specific funding in place as part of the RFU RWC Lead Up & Legacy programme.
Externally there are a whole range of funders, from national organisations such as Sport England to local funding opportunities specific to Gloucestershire or where your club is located. There is some further information on sources outside of the RFU available here, or alternatively chat with your RDO who will help guide you through this area.
Facility Maintenance & Guidance
The RFU have put together lots of useful resources to assist clubs, please click on the following links to direct to the most up to date information:
GRFU Grants & Support
Gloucestershire RFU Retention and Recruitment of players, coaches, referees
This year round fund allows clubs to bid for up to £250 towards a suitable project, e.g. community event, touch league in summer. Applications will be reviewed on bi-monthly basis, closing date 1st of the month. Projects can be run by one club, combination of clubs or with other partners such as colleges. Clubs will be asked to contribute 20% of total project costs through funding, materials or professional fees e.g. Project totals £200, club needs to cover £40. Hopefully these small grants will have good impact on clubs retaining and recruiting where it matters.
Examples of projects funded include; touch festival during the summer to recruit colts and senior players, term long programme with local secondary school to set up an u13 girls team.
Download further details here; R&R small grants;
Download application forms here; R&R small grants application;
GRFU Kit Incentive Scheme
Gloucestershire RFU have also ring fenced funding to reward clubs for achievements throughout the season, which now form part of the new reward and recongition scheme. The aim being to turn achievements into kit. There is nothing extra required from clubs, other than business as usual. Clubs can download the criteria here and should return their completed forms to their local RDO before the deadline of 31st March 2017. Clubs need to ensure that they have submitted previous season's accounts & paid their subs to the GRFU Treasurer by 31.12.16 to be eligible. For further information please speak to your local RDO.