Telstra Footy Country Grants

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.

What initiatives can a club seek funding for?


1. Grow and assist volunteer capacity;

  • Undertaking short courses in electronic bookkeeping, governance, barista, RSA, food handling (75% of total cost up to $1,000)
  • Improving club financial practices:
    • Electronic POS processes or accounting software such as xero (75% of total cost up to $1,500) 
  • Items to ease the workload on volunteers (75% of total cost up to $2,000):
    • Line-markers (75% of total cost up to $2,000)
  • Replace of manual score to an electronic scoreboard (50% of total cost up to $20,000)
  • Items required to modify ovals for junior football or NINES competitions (75% of total cost up to $1,500)
  • Moveable goal posts, cones to define boundaries, additional goal umpire flags.
  • Items which improves the safety of the environment
  • Goal post padding (75% of total cost up to $1,000)
  • Defibrillators (75% of total cost up to $1,500)
  • Behind the goal netting where there is a demonstrated safety concern, i.e balls escape onto a busy main road or down a steep embankment (50% of total cost up to $20,000)
  • Other initiatives approved by State AFL body

2. Grow and diversify participation;

  • Start-up costs associated with the establishment of new or amalgamated clubs or new female teams in the age groups of 5-9 year olds (new team costs up to $2,000, new club costs up to $15,000)
  • Subsidies to encourage increased participation of multicultural, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, all abilities, or disadvantaged participants (up to $500 per player)
  • Undertaking club cultural awareness training
    • Indigenous or Pride themed jumpers where a club demonstrates additional education/awareness is delivered, i.e a club delivers cultural awareness training to participants prior to an indigenous themed round (75% of total cost up to $2,000)
  • Other initiatives approved by State AFL body

3. Improve environments and experiences;

  • Initiatives, resources and or assets that promote and enhance child safety standards
  • Short-term financial support to distressed clubs ie where a natural disaster may have impacted on the club’s ability to operate
  • Other initiatives approved by State AFL body 

Funding Rounds

  • 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