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Telstra Footy Country Grants NOW OPEN!

Local football clubs across Australia will have the opportunity to share in an $8 million funding boost over the next four years, as the AFL and Telstra launch Telstra Footy Country Grants. With a pool of $2 million to be distributed in 2024, eligible regional and metro clubs can apply for grants up to $20,000 – helping strengthen, sustain and grow local footy.

As the foundation of our great game and the heartbeat of communities, investment in local clubs is vital to ensuring every

one has access to play Aussie Rules and experience the health, social and wellbeing benefits that come with belonging to a club.

What are the grants?

Financial Support for Community Clubs: The Telstra Footy Country Grants is designed to financially assist initiatives that can support Community Clubs affiliated to the AFL to strengthen the base and secure the future in three key strategic areas:

  • Grow and assist volunteer capacity

  • Grow and diversify participation

  • Improve club environments and experiences

Key Dates:

Applications will open on Monday 5th February 2024. The following dates will represent a cut off for when applications are considered. For example, if you were to miss Round 1, you can still apply; however, the outcome of your application won't be known until after the Round 2 closure date.


• Round 1: Monday 5th February to 11:59pm (AEDT) Sunday 3rd March 2024

• Round 2: Monday 4th March to 3pm (AEDT) Friday 19th April 2024

• Round 3: 3:01pm (AEDT) Friday 19th April to 3pm (AEDT) Thursday 13th June 2024

• Round 4: 3:01pm (AEDT) Thursday 13th June to 5pm (AEDT) Wednesday 7th August 2024


Application outcomes will be provided via email and you should expect to receive an update at:

• Round 1: Week of Monday 25th March 2024     

• Round 2: Week of Monday 20th May 2024       

• Round 3: Week of Monday 8th July 2024         

• Round 4: Week of Monday 2nd September 2024

PLEASE NOTE: Only one submission per club and prior to submission all clubs are encouraged to make contact with the AFLGM Club Development Lead to discuss your application.


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