Flooding at South Lismore.

Flood-hit clubs in northern NSW helped to get back on the field

April 14th, 2022

Two flood-hit clubs in northern NSW have been given a helping hand to get back on the pitch.

Football Australia’s major partner, Commonwealth Bank, is providing grants to local community organisations including football clubs across NSW and Queensland 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 to organisations involved in the recovery efforts of the communities affected by the east coast floods, where 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 FC (Northern NSW)
  • Lismore Thistles SC (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 Northern NSW Football, Football NSW and Football Queensland 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.

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 impacts of future disaster events are minimised

Applications for grants are now open. Applications will be reviewed weekly to expedite funding into the community.

Related Topics:
Commonwealth Bank Flood Relief

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