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How the RFU can help

The RFU is here to help with all rugby facilities issues, from funding ideas for capital projects to emergency advice.  The Rugby Football Foundation (RFF), a charitable trust established by the RFU, is useful source of both capital and emergency funding for community rugby club facilities.

Rugby Football Foundation Capital Fund

The Rugby Football Foundation administers a fund for the financing of capital projects aimed at improving facilities which support the retention and recruitment of community rugby players. Full details and application forms can be found on the Rugby Football Foundation website.

In summary, the RFF offers 2 capital funding streams:

Groundmatch Grant Scheme – Clubs at level 5 and below can apply for between £1,500 and £6,000 on a matched £1 for £1 basis.

Interest Free Loan Scheme – The Interest Free Loan scheme provides up to £100,000 in an interest free loan to clubs at level 4.

Rugby Football Foundation Emergency Funding

In the event of severe weather and/or other emergency situations impacting a club’s facilities, the RFF is able to offer emergency financial assistance in the form of a loan or grant.  This payment would be entirely at the discretion of the RFF Board of Trustees.

Contact should be made immediately with your CB and your regional Funding and Facilities Manager, providing the following information:

  • Club name
  • Contact details for lead club officer
  • Extent of damage (clubhouse and pitches)
  • Whether the club shares facilities with other sports
  • Any immediate issues
  • Details of buildings and contents insurance

Regional Funding and Facilities Managers

Contact details for the RFU's Regional Funding and Facilitites Managers are available in the contact us section of this website.


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