WINTER SURVIVAL FUND
FA sends update on club survey on 2020-21 season
The Government has announced a financial package to help clubs through the pandemic. The FA has contacted leagues to say:
“We can now provide further information in regards to the Winter Survival Fund announced by Government, in relation to Steps 3-6 of the National League System.
“Steps 3-6 will receive up to £10 million in grants to protect the immediate future of these clubs over the winter period. Government have announced this formally today. Grants will be distributed via the Football Stadium Improvement Fund (FSIF).
“Eligible clubs can apply for support to help with key expenditure such as lease or mortgage payments, debt or loan repayments, utility costs, insurance, essential pitch and stadium maintenance, non-playing staff that haven’t been furloughed or Covid-19 compliance measures.
“The application window will open via the Football Foundations website within the next 24 hours and close on 14 February. All steps 3-6 clubs will be notified directly by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).”
For information, the DCMS statement on the fund can be found here:
The FA has also sent an update about the survey of clubs:
“The FA would like to provide an update in relation to the recent survey sent to clubs at Steps 3 to 6 of the National League System.
“Submissions were made by 99.1% of clubs at Steps 3 and 4 and 95.8% of clubs at Steps 5 and 6. The FA would like to thank the clubs for submitting their views and the time taken in providing responses at what we appreciate it an incredibly challenging time for everyone.
“The FA’s Alliance & Leagues Committees now have a large amount of data and information to consider before determining a proposed way forward. Ultimately any proposal made by the committees will be put to FA Council for consideration. FA Council will then make any final decision on a way forward.
“The Alliance and Leagues Committees recognise the desire for clubs to be updated whilst these issues are being carefully considered . Therefore, both Committees commit to providing updates to Leagues and Clubs as the process progresses; and remain mindful of the difficulties faced by clubs at present.
“Further information will follow in due course.”