Please see information below regarding opportunities relating to facilities and funding.

For any specific queries please initially contact Nigel Fray (Kent RFU Facilities Coordinator) – facilities@kent-rugby.org
Grant Funding

Kent RFU makes available grant funding to assist Clubs to improve their facilities and pitches. The funding exists principally to provide a kick-start to major capital projects, such as the building of a new clubhouse or to improve changing room facilities, but subject to the financial resources being available, it may also be used to support smaller projects.

Grant funding is available to all of Kent’s 65 clubs.

We are very keen to see this funding pool used! We do, though want to ensure that grants secure effective outcomes for clubs and value for money.  There is no maximum cap on the amount to be applied for. We will assess each application (whether it be for £500 or £5000) on its merits.  The County has therefore set out the following criteria against which applications for grant funding will be assessed:

  • Applications will be accepted from all clubs at whatever Level
  • Applications should clearly explain:
    • The amount being applied for
    • The project to which the grant award will contribute and its objective(s;
    • The issue that the project is seeking to address, i.e. an identifiable ‘need’
    • The priority the club attaches to the project
    • What the club has already done to commit to the project, i.e. funds already raised and commitment of the club’s committee and its membership.
  • Clubs must have returned their current annual financial report to the County (this is a standard requirement for county funding).
  • Clubs must support County teams where players are required and must either be an England Rugby Accredited Club or actively working towards becoming Accredited, through engagement with their RFU Rugby Development Officer.
  • Successful applicants will be required to spend the grant award within 6 months of receipt.
  • Successful clubs will, 6 months after the award, be required to notify the County of the spend and also to indicate the extent to which the award has helped to secure the project’s objective(s).

We hope that, whatever the size of the grant award, it will secure ‘bang for bucks’. Grant awards can be helpful in contributing to the fundraising that clubs are already carrying out to support their respective improvement projects – even relatively small awards can provide an exponentially beneficial impact. For larger projects, an award of, say, £5,000 could cover all of the planning application costs (incl. surveying, architects, agronomy, etc.) of a new Clubhouse. For a smaller club, an award of even as little as £500 could make the difference between an important project going ahead or not, for example by providing additional funding to those clubs who are participating in the RFU’s NatWest ‘Rugby Force’ programme.

Clubs are also reminded of the various financial support mechanisms that are made available by the RFU – and which the County’s grants can complement.

Applications for Kent RFU’s grant funding should be addressed to facilities@kent-rugby.org

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