The Rugby Football Foundation

The Rugby Football Foundation (RFF) invests in community rugby clubs, financing capital projects which improve facilities and support either the retention or growth of players. The funds can be used for projects like pitch improvement (land purchase, pitch construction, drainage and levelling), clubhouses (all apart from bars), floodlights and equipment.


If your club is a voting member of the RFU playing at level 5 or below you can apply for a:

Helping Hand Grant

The Helping Hand Grant awards between £500 to £1,500 for capital improvements and must be matched £ for £ by the club.

Groundmatch Grant

The Groundmatch Grant is for bigger projects and makes £1,500 to £5,000 available, again matched by your club’s own contribution, which can be from club funds, sponsors or other external grants. 


Interest-free loan

RFU voting member clubs playing at Level 3 and below can apply for an interest-free loan of between £5,000 and £100,000, repayable over a period of up to 15 years, to make improvements to facilities supporting the retention and recruitment of players. 

Green Deal Interest Free Loans

RFU voting member clubs playing at Level 3 and below can apply for an interest free loan of up to £20,000 to enable them to install facility solutions that reduce utility costs.  The loan repayments are then based upon these projected utility savings.

How? Visit: for more information about the RFF. 

When? All year round.

Who? Contact your local RFU Area Facilities Manager (AFM) and CB Facility Coordinator:

Jon Bendle AFM
(Cornwall, Somerset, Devon, Dorset & Wilts and Gloucestershire), 07753 881272

Jason Bowers AFM
(Middlesex, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Hertfordshire), 07703 466773

Rick Bruin AFM
(Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Essex), 07738 029211

Peter Shaw AFM
(Notts, Lincs & Derby, Eastern Counties, Leicestershire, East Midlands and Warwickshire), 07734 070674

Tom Bartram AFM
(Lancashire, Cheshire, Staffordshire and North Midlands), 07841 156806

Alex Bowden AFM
(Northumberland, Durham, Yorkshire and Cumbria), 07764 336701 

Visit: for a list of CB Facility Coordinators