IFA Inclusive Clubs Funding Programme – Disability or Women’s Clubs

 Through the Community Foundation NI, the IFA are offering grants of up to £1000 for football clubs who are developing a disability or women’s section, and who wish to encourage participation from everyone in society, particularly those most marginalised, and including the BME community, as well as those with a disability.

Who can apply?

Applications are invited from eligible Disability or Women’s Clubs – Mainstream Clubs who are starting or developing an already existing Disability or Women’s section.

What can be supported?

Options for applications may include:

  • IFA Level 1 Coaching Disabled footballers Award – £40pp – Open to All Clubs

  • IFA Level 1 – £240pp – Open to All Clubs

  • UK Disability Inclusion in Sport Course (Disability Sport NI) – £80pp – Open to All Clubs

  • 6 Session Mentoring – £120 – Open to Clubs starting a Disability Section only

  • £300 Facility Support – Open to All Clubs

  • £300 Equipment Support – Open to All Clubs

  • OCN football Administration – £220 per person

  • Tournament planning (how to run, pre-planning, fixtures, facility booking, clubs registering interest, risk assessment etc.) – £50 – open to all clubs

  • Media Training – £80 per person – open to all clubs

  • IFA Level 2 Coaching Disability Footballers Award- £150

  • Safe guarding course – £25

  • Child welfare- £25

  • First Aid- £50

All receipts must match the funding awarded at the end of the funding period.

They will particularly reward clubs who can demonstrate clear policy against racism and sectarianism and links with BME participation. This should be clear and detailed within the Equality Policy and added as a supporting document to the online application.


There are some general things that their grant aid cannot be used for.

The fund will not support:

Applications from Individuals

Salary Costs

Trips outside Northern Ireland, holidays away, and one-off residentials

Funding for projects that have already started

Promotion of religion or party political activity

How to apply

You can apply online on the website if -

  • You are a locally based not-for-profit, voluntary or community group working in Northern Ireland to improve the quality of life for local people

  • You have an active management committee

  • You have a current in credit bank account in the name of your organisation

  • You have up to date annual accounts

  • You have complied with the conditions of previous grants including submission of monitoring returns.

If you have any other queries then please contact the Grants Team via e-mail applications@communityfoundationni.org

The fund will will close at 1pm on 11th November 2019.