SCIF supports community footy through difficult 2021 campaign

Players warm up for the WorkSafe Country Club Game. Photo WorkSafe Country Club Hub

The Strategic Community Investment Fund returned in 2021 with over $1 million in grants provided to help clubs, leagues and regions achieve strategic objectives and provide a platform for sustained success.

After a multiple COVID affected seasons, the SCIF has been a vital component in ensuring that community football not only survives, but thrives, in the coming seasons.

There was a total of 127 successful applications across the state contributing to funding across a variety of different categories.

Some of the major funding areas included:


  • New women’s teams
  • Junior teams
  • Indigenous programs


  • Umpire recruitment projects


  • Junior development programs
  • Mental health projects

First launched in 2020, the SCIF will provide grant funding of $1.5m per year over three years directly to local football leagues and clubs. The fund 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.

The SCIF program will return in 2022.

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