Football Australia’s major partner, Commonwealth Bank, is providing grants to local community organisations including football clubs such as Bankstown District Amateur Football Association side Milperra Lions SC and Nepean FA’s Lowland Wanderers FC to help get them back on the field and support relief, recovery and clean up in areas affected by devastating floods.
The CommBank Flood Relief Fund will provide $2 million to support organisations involved in the recovery efforts of the communities affected by the east coast floods including clubs in Queensland and Northern NSW, where the Commonwealth Bank will accept applications for grants up to $10,000 from community organisations.
Six community football clubs who have already applied for a grant and had their applications approved are:
- Brisbane City (Queensland)
- Toowong FC (Queensland)
- South Lismore (Northern NSW)
- Lismore Thistles (Northern NSW)
- Milperra Lions Soccer Club (Sydney, NSW)
- Lowland Wanderers FC (Sydney, NSW)
Football Australia Chief Executive Officer James Johnson said: “It’s both a heartbreaking and challenging time for flood-affected communities across Queensland and New South Wales, and our ongoing thoughts are with everyone affected.
“We’ve seen and heard countless stories of community football clubs directly impacted by these devastating floods and with thanks to our major partner, Commonwealth Bank, these clubs are now able to apply for assistance as part of the CommBank Flood Relief Fund to help them get back on their feet.
“On behalf of Football Australia, I would like to extend our gratitude to Football Queensland, Football NSW and Northern NSW Football for the ongoing support you’re providing these clubs and communities, and to the wider Australian Football Family for also reaching out to these clubs in their time of need.”
For more information, and to apply for a grant from the CommBank Flood Relief Fund click here.
Commonwealth Bank Australia (CBA) CEO, Matt Comyn said: “CBA is here to provide our customers and communities with support today and support tomorrow. Through these grants we hope to assist hundreds of community organisations in their clean-up, rebuild and recovery efforts.”
The Fund is on top of the $2.8 million in CanGive donations and matched CBA contributions which are being dispersed to support the immediate recovery effort in flood affected communities.
“Australians have shown over the past several years that when we come together, we’re strong and resilient in the face of challenges. CBA is committed to supporting our customers and communities as they deal with the immediate impacts of the catastrophic flooding along Australia’s east coast. We will be with them for the long haul, through recovery and rebuild,” Mr Comyn said.
CommBank Flood Relief Fund eligibility
To be eligible to apply for a grant from the CommBank Flood Relief Fund, each organisation must:
- Be a not-for-profit or community organisation directly impacted by the floods or supporting flood affected regions, including rescue services, schools, or sporting clubs. Individuals and for-profit businesses are not eligible for a grant;
- Hold a current Australian bank account in the recipient organisation’s name;
- Organisations are not required to be Commonwealth Bank customers.
Eligible organisations can apply for a grant from the CommBank Flood Relief Fund up to the value of $10,000. These can be used to provide:
- Relief – provision of supplies and services to assist with immediate needs in the community
- Restoration and recovery – helping to strengthen and rebuild communities after the initial emergency response, such as replacing or repairing damaged equipment and facilities
- Resilience/risk reduction – working with the community to improve education and raise awareness to ensure the impact of future disaster events are minimised
Applications for grants are now open
Applications will be reviewed weekly to expedite funding into the community
Grant submissions must be lodged no later than 30 June 2022
Emergency Assistance and support remains available for customers in Queensland and New South Wales. The range of options are available here.
Measures are current at the date of this media release and are subject to change.