Football West has announced the launch of their latest round of the Building Stronger Clubs Program for 2021.
The program aims to future proof football in the state by ensuring that clubs and associations provide a better all-round experience for all participants, volunteers and fans.
The initiative enables clubs and associations to apply for grants of up to $1,500. Last year alone saw 24 clubs across WA sign up for the program and put the funds towards projects valued at more than $100,000.
The resulting projects included a club history timeline at Subiaco AFC, committee upskilling for Mindarie FC and an Asian Cup tournament at Westnam United. In addition, other clubs used the funding towards the purchasing of new equipment and the development of websites.
Meanwhile, Sorrento FC used the Building Stronger Clubs Program grant to develop a business plan to secure a $1 million election pledge from Western Australia’s Labor Party to fund new changerooms and upgrade club facilities.
The Building Stronger Clubs Program grant can be used to assist clubs and associations in strengthening their setups across a variety of aspects, including:
- Governance and Policy Development
- Facilities Management, Planning or Design
- Stakeholder Engagement (including Government, commercial, community, schools)
- Volunteer Engagement & Recognition Plans
- Marketing Plan or Communications Plan or Digital Marketing Plan
- Fundraising/Grant/Sponsorship/Partnership Plan or support
- Upskilling Boards and Committees
- Financial Management Practices and Advice
- Inclusive Participation Pathways
- Football Development Pathway programs for players, coaches, referees, administrators
- IT Services or Website Development
- Strategic or Business Planning
Additionally, clubs and associations can also submit collaborative applications for larger scale projects dedicated to making a difference to their football communities.
The program gives Football West the opportunity to also provide concerted support for clubs and associations to complete the Football Australia National Club Development Program through facilitated experts.
As well as this, Football West’s preferred technology supplier, Computing Australia Group, can help any clubs and associations seeking website support or grant application assistance.
Those seeking full details for Football West’s Building Stronger Clubs Program and how to apply for the $1,500 grant need only click here. All grants must be submitted by June 28, 2021 – at 5pm WST.
Any questions or queries related to the application process can be directed to Football West’s Cub Engagement Lead, Abid Imam at firstname.lastname@example.org