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The Trustees of the Rugby Football Foundation (RFF) launched the new 'Helping Hand Grant' on 1st July 2011. The 'Helping Hand Grant' recognises that current economic times are difficult and provides a mechanism for clubs to apply for a small grant of between £500 and £1,500 for eligible capital projects (for example a new set of rugby posts, redecorating the changing rooms etc) with the club matching the grant on a £ for £ basis.
The grant will be available to clubs that play at level 5 or below in the RFU league structure and builds on the successful RFF Groundmatch grant scheme that has invested over £5 million into the game since 2003.
The 'Helping Hand Grant' has a simple two page application form and instructions on how to apply are below.
Please note that the new Helping Hand Grant will be viewed as an extension of the Groundmatch Grant scheme with the maximum amount of funding that a club can apply for in a 24 month period set at £5,000. However a club can make a number of applications for different projects within that time period up to the limit of £5,000.
We want to make this as easy as possible for you.
Please note that the Rugby Football Foundation operates a series of minimum standards and best practice guides in the planning, development and construction of club facilities. Clubs should consult the Technical Advice section and download the relevant guide to their project before submitting an application.