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May 21, 2019   |  12:54AM AET

CITC launch Young Leaders Innovation Grant challenge

CITC launch Young Leaders Innovation Grant challenge

Melbourne City FC’s City in the Community team is inviting Young Leaders to apply for the Young Leader Innovation Challenge.

The Young Leader Innovation Challenge is funded through the Club’s Cityzens Giving initiative and is open to any Young Leader who has attended a Melbourne City Young Leaders program.

Young Leaders are invited to apply for a share of $25,000 to fund innovative ideas to engage disadvantaged young people in football, promoting health and well-being, and strengthening community connections. Grants will be available to a maximum of $5,000 each.

Applications open from Tuesday 21 May and will close on Friday 5 July 2019. For further information please see below.

What do we mean by Innovation?

Using football as a driver of your idea, we are looking for clever, new and different ways to approach a problem. Ways that you can be innovative include:

  • Piloting new ideas
  • Developing new or unique partnerships
  • Identifying a new group of people in your community to work with
  • Developing a Social Enterprise model

Social issues that you could address through football

Globally, City in the Community Melbourne, New York and Manchester work to address the following social issues through football. Your idea should also address one or more of these issues:

  • Social inclusion
  • Health and physical activity
  • Education
  • Employability
  • Safer communities

Examples of groups that you could work with include:

  • People with low socio-economic status
  • People with a disability
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse groups
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Women and girls who are excluded from football
  • LGBTI community

Key Dates:

Information Workshop for interested applicants 3 June 2019 at 4.00 pm, location: TBC.

Applications close on 5 July 2019

Shortlisted applicants to present to the Judging panel – 11 July, location: TBC.

Successful projects announced end of July.

Projects to operate July – December 2019.

Reports and evaluations due 20 December 2019.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must have attended a Melbourne City FC Young Leader program.
  • Your proposal must be innovative and creative using football to address one of the social issues identified.
  • Your proposal needs to deliver benefits to the group that you have elected to work with
  • The proposal needs to be financially viable

What will NOT be funded

  • Salaries and administration costs
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Advocacy
  • Projects which simply focus on offering football to the community, promoting elite football, or increasing participation in football without addressing specific social concerns.

How to apply

Contact to request an application form and to register for the Information Workshop.