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Women's FA National League System

Women’s FA National League System

The FSIF provides money for clubs in the Women's FA National League System who want to improve their facilities for players, officials and spectators.

The FA National League System steps

The eligibility of projects and grant limits available are dependent on the step of The FA National League System your club plays at. If you do not know which step your club fits into, contact us

The default level is set at Step 3 for clubs in the Women’s Super League.

Grant limits

Grant limits for Women's FA National League System clubs (applies to any five year period)
Clubs in The FA National League System Clubs in Women's FA National League System Maximum grant value Maximum percentage grant
Steps 3 and 4 Step S1 – Grade A (Women's Super League 1)
and Step S2 – Grade B (Women's Super League 2)
£150,000 70%
Steps 5 and 6 Step W1 – Grade A (Northern and Southern Women's Premier League)
and Step W2 - Grade B (Regional Combination Leagues)
£100,000 70%
Step 7 Step W3 – Grade C (Regional Leagues, Premier Division) £20,000 (but up to £50,000 for applications including works to changing rooms) 70%

Eligible projects

Where women’s clubs share a ground with men's clubs then the maximum grant allowance/percentage will relate to the highest Ground Grading criteria required for that ground. However, women’s clubs are also eligible for grants of up to £20,000, in any five year period for work relating to women's football, such as changing the shower layout and providing women’s toilets etc.

Whilst we will not automatically provide funding for work you need to undertake to meet the requirements of The FA National Ground Grading Criteria, the table below indicates the types of project that are eligible under FSIF policy. Details of The FA National Ground Grading Criteria can be found here:

We have included safety categories based on the ‘Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds’. Where appropriate, the guide provides detailed guidance to help you assess the safe capacity of a sports ground. The guide can be found here:

You can get a copy of the guide from the Stationery Office Bookshops or any good booksellers.

You are eligible to apply for grant aid to meet the membership conditions of your current league. If you are promoted, you are eligible to apply for grant aid to meet the membership conditions of the new league, but only after your promotion has been confirmed by the league.

We base grants on the league you were in at the time you submitted your application, and our Board retains full discretion regarding what they consider appropriate. 

FSIF eligibility criteria

Steps 3 and 4 Steps 5 and 6 Step 7
Maximum grant value £150k £100k £20k
Maximum grant percentage 70% 70% 70%
New covered seating Yes Yes Yes
New open seating No No No
New open or covered safe terracing Yes Yes Yes
Upgrading open safe terracing Yes Yes Yes
Convert terrace to open seating No No No
Convert terrace to covered seating Yes Yes Yes
First aid rooms Yes Yes Yes
Secure boundary fencing and gates Yes Yes Yes
Pitch perimeter rails, barriers + infill1 Yes Yes Yes
Players and officials safe walkway Yes Yes Yes
Pitch perimeter hardstanding Yes Yes Yes
PA systems (initial provision only) Yes Yes Yes
CCTV (initial provision only) No No No
Computerised turnstiles No No No
Control rooms No No No
Mains service connections Yes Yes Yes
Crush barrier installations Yes Yes Yes
New floodlights and upgrades2 Yes Yes No
Emergency lighting (initial provision only) Yes Yes Yes
Spectator toilets Yes Yes Yes
Press seating Yes Yes Yes
Turnstile and pay kiosks Yes Yes Yes
Changing rooms Yes Yes Yes3
Pitch drainage Yes Yes Yes
Pitch irrigation4 Yes Yes Yes5
Car and coach parking9 Yes Yes Yes
Access roads9 Yes Yes Yes
Stewards radios (initial provision) No No No
Hospitality areas (incl. tea bars)6 Yes Yes Yes
Artificial pitches No No No
Viewing for disabled spectators Yes Yes Yes
All facilities for disabled spectators Yes Yes Yes
Dug-outs/technical areas Yes Yes Yes
Pitch maintenance equipment7 Yes Yes Yes
Ball stop netting8 Yes Yes Yes
  • 1 Perimeter barrier infill panels will only be considered eligible for Clubs at Step 4 or above
  • 2 If you need to provide floodlights to meet the membership conditions of your league, you are eligible to apply for a grant towards installing the floodlights or towards improving the floodlights if this is necessary because your club has been promoted. Replacement of bulbs and other maintenance operations are not eligible for support but the replacement of very old, defective systems would be considered. Second-hand systems might be considered subject to independent structural and electrical reports. Mobile floodlights are not eligible.
  • 3 Ceiling grant for changing rooms is £50,000
  • 4 Up to £20,000
  • 5 Maximum 50%
  • 6 Permanent buildings only with planning permission. Players' and directors' exclusive bars are not eligible.
  • 7 Eligible provided there is safe storage provision on site, insurance for theft, user instruction (including health and safety) and demonstrating sufficient, reliable voluntary labour to undertake the work.
  • 8 Eligible subject to appropriate justification (e.g. close proximity to a busy road, railway line or causing a nuisance to neighbours).
  • 9 Car and coach parking/access roads will only be considered eligible if the works are required to improve access to the ground for disabled spectators, and/or to satisfy statutory requirements imposed by the local planning authority/Highways Authority, and/or to resolve a specific issue relating to health and safety.


Ineligible work

  • Director's areas
  • Land/site purchase
  • Routine maintenance i.e. decorations, repairs, annual operations such as boiler servicing, pitch decompaction etc.
  • Artificial pitches
  • Goalposts
  • Television gantries

Applying for funding

This area of the website is split into seven sections to provide support on every step of your project, from pre-application advice to the opening of your facilities. Use the navigation on the right to move between sections.

We recommend reading through all of the sections before proceeding with your project.

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