£10 million in emergency funding for clubs at Steps 3-6 of non-league has been announced by the government this afternoon.

On funding for National League clubs, meanwhile, Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said:

“With precious public money, we are providing financial support to the National League Steps 1 and 2 in the form of loans. However, if clubs at those levels can demonstrate it needs grant funding urgently to survive, we will ensure that option is available.

“We will not let clubs go to the wall. Applications will be assessed by the independent Board, through the same rigorous process that we apply to other sports.”

Step 3-6 clubs will be contacted directly by the Football Foundation and will be able to make an application from tomorrow. Funds will be distributed quickly to clubs through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund.

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