Football People Event Grants launched25 March 2014

Apoolof€30,000isbeingmadeavailablebytheFarenetworktofunduptoteneventsthattacklediscriminationandaddresssocialexclusionaspartoftheFootballPeopleactionweeksinOctober.

Funding for events in October

The Event Grants scheme will support events that have the potential to be highlights of the two week period in October as European football comes together led by the grassroots to stand against discrimination.

The scheme is open for applications from 20 March until 15 May 2014. Projects must be implemented during the Football People weeks that will take place from 9th to 23rd October 2014.

Finnish Fare Board member Ike Chime urged applicants to get involved, “The Fare action weeks are now the biggest activity of their type in Europe. We want you to join us and organise events that can be a marker for the period.

“The grants of up to €3000 are easy to apply for if you have a big event that is far- reaching and innovative. It will take around 20 minutes, give it a go.”

Find out more and apply

If you are interested in applying you should read the criteria carefully and fill out the application. Projects will be assessed for suitability on what they present. So think about how your project could look.

If you have a great idea about a project that goes beyond the tried and tested and can make a difference but it doesn’t fit in with what we are looking for, get in touch with us.

Visit this page to find out more and apply.

Examples from last year

Examples of activities supported last year include events such as conferences, the launch of education materials, training workshops, lobbying events, academic research, film, theatre or music events.

The Spolint Institute, Slovenia for a “Sporticus” programme in Slovenian high schools, which promoted tolerance, ethics, intercultural education and non-discriminatory attitudes among young people.

University of Sevilla, Spain – The university organised a conference on ‘Gender in sports: addressing homophobia and sexism in football’. A book on gender and sports and an exhibition “Lesbians and gays in sports” were launched.

DISCOVER FOOTBALL, Germany launched a handbook to support the empowerment of women through football. The publication presents international good practice and provides guidelines for a more inclusive sport.

The John Blankenstein Foundation, Netherlands, held a workshop “Football for everyone; Acceptance of gays and lesbians in our football club” to help establish a safe and welcoming environment for LGBT athletes.

Kaos Gay and Lesbian, Turkey, worked with Iranian LGBT refugees. By organising a series of football events, the refugees took part in sport and supported them through consultations and socialising events.

Foundation of Subjective Values, Hungary – In co-operation with the Hungarian FA and Mahatma Human Rights organisation, the Foundation of Subjective Values held a conference on racism and discrimination in football in Budapest and started developing an action plan.

Fundación Red Deporte y Cooperación, Spain – The Madrid based organisation held a conference with national and international speakers to raise awareness of and encourage dialogue on the issues around discrimination in the European football.

Paris Foot Gay, France addressed the topic of homophobia in football and shared good practices through a meeting with representatives of French football authorities and activists at the Paris Saint German stadium.

Regional Youth Info-Centre Rijeka YASA, Croatia launched a national campaign against discrimination within professional football in Croatia involving the professional leagues and national association.

East European Development Institute (EEDI), Ukraine – The Ukrainian NGO held a national conference that gathered football authorities, fan clubs and minorities. Analysing the issues around discrimination in Ukrainian football, the participants agreed on and issued a resolution as to manifest a basis for further steps.

Fatima, Moldova – This Chisinau based ethnic minority group run a series of events comprising a roundtable discussion with local groups and national policy makers.

Liikkukaa – Sports for All, Finland – By means of a seminar and workshop, the Finnish not for profit looked into issues of racism in football in Europe’s Nordic and Baltic regions.

(c)DISCOVERFOOTBALL/Dana Roesiger