SUFFOLK clubs received grant funding totalling nearly £1.3m during the 2020-21 season.
Funding of £1,287,395 towards total project costs of £1,612,877 was granted across 245 successful applications.
These figures compare with funding of £891,237 towards total project costs of £1,195,493 during the 2019-20 season and £985,979 towards total project costs of £1,189,993 during the 2018-19 campaign.
Suffolk FA Chief Executive Richard Neal said: “The total figure includes £537,619 awarded to clubs and leagues through specific Football Foundation Covid-19 support funds, with the remaining £749,704 being awarded through the various Football Foundation funds to contribute to £1,075,186 worth of club and facility improvement works – quite remarkable numbers especially in the midst of a global pandemic.”
The breakdown of successful applications was as follows:
- Football Stadia Improvement Fund – 10 awards amounting to £240,877 towards total project costs of £348,958
- Football Foundation Single Fund (up to £25,000) – 69 awards amounting to £324,983 towards total project costs of £450,462
- Grass Pitch Revenue Funding – 6 awards amounting to £183,844 towards total project costs of £275,766
- Club Preparation Fund – 78 Awards amounting to £39,000
- Matchday Support Fund – 26 awards amounting to £109,500
- 2020-21 Winter Survival Fund – 18 awards amounting to £219,391
- 2020-21 Summer Survival Fund – 19 awards amounting to £148,760
- 2020-21 Return to Football Fund – 19 awards amounting to £21,040
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Richard Neal added: “We want to continue to maximise the investment into Suffolk grassroots football facilities, including the recently-announced additional government, and will work with clubs and stakeholders to ensure all levels of the game are beneficiaries.”