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 should be your RDO and CB Facilities Lead, Tony Swash. 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:
Smal Grants Scheme - Retention and recruitment of players
GRFU run a small grants scheme to support clubs with retention and recruitment of players. There is a small budget ringfenced each season to support clubs wishing to apply. Grant forms can be downloaded here and must be submitted to your local RDO, who will discuss the project with the GRFU panel.
Clubs must evidence that the project is not an annual event, or on going club running costs. Clubs should also contribute 20% of the total project costs towards the project. Those successful can only apply for a grant ever 2 years. Clubs can request support up to £500