Football supporters act as the cornerstone for the professional and non-league game in England. Fans of all clubs, regardless of age, disability, gender, race, faith, sexual orientation or any other identifying feature, should feel safe and welcome attending matches.
Kick It Out and the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) jointly launched the Fans For Diversity campaign, supported by the Premier League’s fans fund, to help make football a more inclusive place for all fans regardless of background.
Fans For Diversity aims to target a number of fan initiatives and events to promote diversity and inclusion across the professional and non-league game.
The campaign has gone from strength-to-strength, and is now bigger than ever - meaning football's supporter base continues to become more inclusive and diverse with each passing year.
Supporters can get involved in the campaign by applying for the Fans For Diversity Fund - which offers financial and logistical support for fan-led activity that promotes diversity in football and takes a stand against discrimination.
Since its inception, the Fans For Diversity campaign has funded hundreds of events and initiatives, with examples including:
You can see further examples of the latest work that the Fans For Diversity Fund has supported here.
Kick It Out and the FSF are always 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, Fans For Diversity Campaigns Manager, 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 OBE, Kick It Out's Chief Executive Officer, 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.”
Applications are to be submitted to Anwar by emailing [email protected]
Click here 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.