BaseballSoftballUK, the development agency for both sports in the United Kingdom, is excited to announce the launch of the fourth round of applications for the Facilities Fund.

As part of BaseballSoftballUK’s 2020-2024 Two Sports One Ambition Strategy, launched in August 2020, BSUK reaffirmed its commitment to help grassroots baseball and softball clubs and leagues across the UK to become stronger, safer and more sustainable. One such way that BSUK supports clubs and leagues is through funding infrastructure projects, helping to create more places to play baseball and softball. BSUK committed £10,000 per year to the Fund for five years, starting in 2021, and any Development Charter Clubs, Leagues, or Organisations are eligible to apply for up to £5,000 in funding.

In the first three years of the Facilities Fund, BSUK has distributed more than £32,000 to thirteen different clubs and organisations, each of which has been evaluated by an assessment panel. Each of the recipient clubs and organisations was required to match funding as part of the application process, meaning that more than £85,000 has gone directly into facility development across the UK in the last 36 months. Last year's successful recipients were the Croydon Pirates, Guildford Baseball & Softball Club, Milton Keynes Softball League, Norwich Iceni Baseball Club, and Wragby Warhammers Baseball Club. Some of the successful projects over the years have been spotlighted in our Facility Features, found here.

Visit the Facilities Fund page here.

The Fund is open to any not-for-profit club, league or association that has registered under the Development Charter, and clubs who have not done so can register here. All British Baseball Federation and British Softball Federation clubs are automatically enrolled. Clubs or leagues wishing to apply for funding will have to meet strict criteria, and your BSUK relationship manager will guide you through the process and application.

The BaseballSoftballUK Development Staff will hold a Facilities Fund Webinar on 27 November 2023 at 7:30 PM to go over the process and answer any questions you may have. Interested clubs and teams can sign up here.

In running the Facilities Fund and by committing £50K over five years, BSUK has committed a large amount of resources to develop fields and facilities across the United Kingdom. If your company or organization is interested in supporting the Fund, please get in touch

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