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Money set aside by Football Foundation to help make grassroots clubs cleaner and safer

More than £2m has been set aside by the Football Foundation to help make grassroots clubs cleaner and safer.

From this week non league and community clubs will be able to apply for up to £500 to improve hygiene and social distancing measures as the country prepares to ease lockdown measures.

The money might be spent on installing hand sanitisers, waste bins, paper towel dispensers, signage and floor markings, building repairs and modifications, hand basins, ensuring there is hot water for washing hands, safety screening and contactless payment systems.

It’s been set up to help clubs make the necessary changes needed in order to reopen.

Most grassroots and non league clubs are eligible, including those in steps 1 to 7 of the National League system as well as those in tiers 1 to 5 of the FA Women’s Pyramid.

Clubs must manage their own buildings and have at least 12 months of tenure security. The money is also available for county FAs, professional club community trusts and leisure trusts, however, education establishments, local authorities and parish councils, as well as leisure trusts with a turnover of more than £500,000 a year are not eligible to apply.

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