Football West’s Building Stronger Clubs Program has provided financial and resource support to more than 20 clubs.
The offering was to clubs based in Western Australia who were invited to apply for funding by signing up to the program. It was launched to future-proof the sport with good practice clubs and associations working in unison to create a better all-round experience for all involved.
The total number of clubs to receive the funding is 24 – going towards projects valued at over $100,000.
“Congratulations to the clubs who have successfully applied for funding through the Building Stronger Clubs Program,” Football West CEO James Curtis said.
“This will provide direct financial help for clubs to offer better services for their members.
“Money is tight for many clubs and associations and it is fantastic that they have taken advantage of the program. The benefits will be felt throughout the club and this is reflected on what the money will go towards.”
Adding on to the Building Stronger Clubs Program, Football West has invested extra to the sport through the Empowering People Scholarship Fund.
Individuals were invited to apply for scholarship funding to develop their skills that would further service the game for Western Australia. This saw 64 applicants who were successful and will each receive $500.
“It is great to see applicants from all over WA apply for the scholarship to further their football education,” Curtis said.
“With 20% of the applicants being from regional Western Australia, it goes to show that football in regional Western Australia is growing and will only get stronger.
“Football West has a gender equity target of 50/50 by 2027 and by having a third of the applicants female and wanting to improve, we feel as though we are on track to achieving our goal.”
Football West has already released a Community Grants Directory, putting all available grants for WA clubs in the one place. Currently, the directory features over $3 million allocated for clubs who wish to apply.