Fans for Diversity Fund
Kick It Out and the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) have launched an application process for their ‘Fans for Diversity’ fund aimed at encouraging and helping with the facilitation of fan-led activity celebrating equality and diversity in football.
Since launching in March 2014, the ‘Fans for Diversity’ campaign, jointly run by Kick It Out and the FSF, has given fans from across the country the opportunity to highlight the importance of creating a fully-inclusive matchday atmosphere at all levels of the game.
‘Fans for Diversity’ has funded a number of initiatives and events including the establishment of an LGBT fans’ group network entitled #PrideinFootball, as well as official supporters groups such as the Punjabi Rams and the Bangla Bantams.
In addition, the fund has helped to support the hosting of the largest annual Southampton Disability Supporters’ Association open day, a panel debate on the experiences of women football supporters and a Non League Day roadshow, among several other events.
You can see further examples of the work that the Fans For Diversity Fund has supported here.
Kick It Out and the FSF are now looking for more initiatives and events to support through the ‘Fans for Diversity’ fund, and are inviting football supporters to put forward their own ideas for fan-led activity which promotes diversity and takes a stand against discrimination.
There is no limit on how much finance can be applied for. It is important to note the cost needs to be kept realistic and a higher cost will require further justification from prospective applicants. Grants are made as a single lump sum and will cover the proposed event only.
Anwar Uddin, Diversity and Campaigns Manager at the FSF, said: “The ‘Fans for Diversity’ campaign has supported lots of positive work so far and I am delighted we’re able to offer fans help in funding their own great ideas that may not get the attention they deserve because of a lack of finance.”
Roisin Wood, Director for Kick It Out, added: “Kick It Out and the FSF will support any successful bid before, during, and after their event. We want to get behind every application by working in partnership with fans and ensuring that they maximise both their impact and their exposure.”
There is no set deadline for ideas but fans are encouraged to submit their proposals quickly to get the process started. Applicants who are unsuccessful in their bids will be offered support through alternative methods including website coverage on www.kickitout.org and www.fsf.org.uk.
Applications are to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click below to download an application form for the ‘Fans for Diversity’ fund and a set of accompanying guidance notes to support you in the completion of your submission.
Click here to download an application form – PDF
Click here to download an application form – Word