Applications open for community football funding scheme


AFLW star Katie Brennan with a junior player at Burnside Heights Football Club in Victoria

AFL Victoria is pleased to advise the AFL’s Strategic Community Investment Fund (SCIF) has re-launched for 2021.

The SCIF is part of the $18 million investment into Victorian community football announced by the AFL in September 2019, the largest investment in community football in the state in more than two decades, and will provide grant funding directly to local football leagues and clubs. We are excited to be able to offer this investment fund again post COVID-19 and ensure that community clubs, leagues and regions across Victoria have an opportunity to apply for support funding.

Local football clubs are at the heart of local communities. They play a critically important role in not only providing participation opportunities but deliver a range of benefits across social, health, community and economic outcomes.

Community football is the cornerstone of our game and underpins all aspects of our national sport. The AFL understands the challenges faced by football clubs across Australia, especially with a change in demographics and community expectations, so it’s vital we continue to invest into important initiatives that help strategically strengthen, sustain and grow community football into the future.

There have been 43 successful applicants for the SCIF program in 2021 with an average grant value of $9,200 being provided to clubs and leagues.

Successful applications so far have included funding for

Clubs:


  • 12 months Accounting Software Subscriptions
  • Establishment and development of new junior and women’s teams
  • Costs to assist with team / club
  • Mergers
  • Support for Indigenous teams
  • Diversity programs

Leagues:

  • Assistance with the establishment / expansion of Junior and Women’s Competitions
  • Support and development of diversity and inclusion programs
  • Volunteer recruitment and support programs


Round 4 applications opened on Monday 9 August 2021 and will remain open until Thursday 30 September 2021. 

Interested applicants should review the SCIF 2021 Guidelines in detail to determine their project’s eligibility here - https://cdn.aflvic.com.au/raw/scif-guidelines-finalmarch-202142180.pdf

The Application Link is: https://aflvic.smartygrants.com.au/SCIF

Should you have any queries, please send an email to scif@afl.com.au

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