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Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston announces that Government grants are available for non-league clubs in steps three to six of the National League system




Stamford and the United Counties League trio of Blackstones, Bourne and Deeping Rangers are among the non-league clubs eligible for funding through grants following a Government announcement this week.

Steps three to six of the National League system - which incorporates the Northern Premier and United Counties leagues - will receive up to £10m to protect the immediate future of approximately 850 clubs over the winter period.

The funding will be provided in the form of grants and clubs will be contacted directly by the Football Foundation with full details about making an application.

Stamford's last league game was away at Chasetown in October. Photo: Dan Allen (44153169)
Stamford's last league game was away at Chasetown in October. Photo: Dan Allen (44153169)

Grants will then be distributed quickly to clubs through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund which is the first award to be announced from the Government’s £300 million Sports Winter Survival Package.

Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “We promised to support sports and target help to where it is most needed.

"We continue to deliver on that with further support for clubs.

"The £10m grant for lower league clubs in steps three to six will act as a lifeline for around 850 clubs in towns and cities across England and help these clubs through this difficult period until we can get fans back in safely.”

Blackstones beat Burton Park Wanderers in their last outing in December. Photo: Alan Walters (44153185)
Blackstones beat Burton Park Wanderers in their last outing in December. Photo: Alan Walters (44153185)

Both Bourne and Deeping have been on the sidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic since October 17 and have managed just nine league games so far this season.

Blackstones were last in United Counties League Division One action against Burton Park Wanderers in December while Stamford's league campaign has been suspended since the end of October.

Although the Daniels have played a couple of FA Trophy ties, their last league game was a 2-2 draw at Chasetown on October 24.

Clubs at Stamford's level can apply for grants of up to £15,000 with Deeping eligible for £10,500 while £7,500 is available for Blackstones and Bourne.



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