On the website it says they do loans too. Even a loan would help if it moves the timescale from next year to 2 or 3 years down the line giving more time to raise the money to fund the lights.
I spoke to the RFL in early March 2012 about the Facilities Trust and met with the person responsible for this funding at Craven Park in late March 2012 to discuss the matter in detail. There was no money available then as it had all been allocated from what was in essence a small pot anyway. We must wait until early 2013 to see what money is allocated to the RFL via Sport England before we know whether or not the pot will be again available next year. At my recent meeting with the RFL I lodged an exp
ression of interest regarding this fund for 2013 and have an application form made out and ready to submit.
Personally I believe that the Facilities Trust is possibly our best chance on the grant front as I can find no evidence of any professional club succeeding with an Inspired Funding Sport England Grant application - though as stated earlier we will still be going for it under guidance from the RFL.
I have no idea what percentage of grant applications (for any grant) are successful but one thing is for sure we cannot rely on getting one. The money must be raised from other sources if possible. If we get "too much" money (LOL) then the excess will hopefully help with other ground upgrades.