Groundmatch Grants

The Groundmatch Scheme provides easy-to-access grant funding for capital projects which contribute to the recruitment and retention of community rugby players. A list of projects which qualify for a grant (‘Qualifying Projects’) is given in the Guidance Notes but the list is not exhaustive. Clubs at level 5 and below can apply for between £1,500 and £5,000 on a matched £ for £ basis.

Completed applications are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year. In order for an application to be considered the application form must be fully completed and submitted with all the required paperwork to the RFF Administrator. Clubs may only apply for one grant per project and are eligible for only £5,000 in a 24 month period. The 24 months are calculated from the date of the last payment of any previous award.

The RFF aspires to turnaround Groundmatch Grants in eight weeks from receipt of a complete application.

How to Apply

Download a Groundmatch Grant Application Form or alternatively contact the RFF Administrator on 020 8831 7985 and ask for one to be sent to you.

Before completing the application form:

  • Refer to the checklist to ensure you are eligible and ready to apply for a grant. You should be confident that your application will focus on the aims of the Foundation and that you understand the desire of the Foundation to promote good quality club development.
  • Contact your local RFU Rugby Development Officer and Constituent Body Facility Coordinator to discuss the project, as they will need to sign off the application.
  • Ensure that you have completed all sections, obtained the required signatures and included all documents as shown in the checklist at the rear of the form. Failure to follow this instruction will result in the application being unsuccessful.

For more detailed technical advice on completing the application form contact your RFU Regional Funding and Facilities Manager.

On completion of the application form:

Either email your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post your application and supporting information to:

Foundation Administrator,
Rugby Football Foundation,
Rugby House,
Twickenham Stadium,
200 Whitton Road,

The application will then be reviewed by the Trustees and the club will be informed of the decision within eight weeks.

Please note that the Rugby union 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.


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