#FootballPeople weeks grants awarded to drive social change in 58 countries13 September 2019

Auniqueblendofgrassrootsclubs,non-profitorganisations,fangroups,NGOsandminorityrightsgroupsfrommorethan50countrieswillreceive grantstorunfootball activitiesto drivesocialchangeinEurope’slargestanti-discriminationcampaigninsportduringOctober’s#FootballPeopleweeks.

The #FootballPeople weeks were created to help organisations around Europe hold events that power social inclusion and tackle discrimination via activities that use football as a social tool.

And this year’s #FootballPeople weeks promises to continue work towards social change with a vast array of activities to take place between 10-24th October.

A total of 248 grants have been awarded to #FootballPeople initiatives in 58 countries, with 25 event grants awarded and 223 small grants to be distributed to fund smaller scale initiatives that will include football tournaments, workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions, film screenings and more during the two-week period.

25 Event Grants have been awarded to #FootballPeople initiatives that will take place in Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Hungary, Russia, Sweden, Vietnam, Peru, the Philippines, Serbia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Ukraine and Vietnam. These grants will support a variety of national activities aimed at tackling discrimination, with events supporting gender equality, LGBT rights, disability inclusion and fighting racism.

The event grants will fund a range of national level initiatives including football festivals, nation-wide media campaigns, innovative exhibitions and conferences addressing topics including refugee inclusion and participation in sport, women’s football and gender equality, nationalism and discrimination.

A total of almost €100,000 Euros worth of grants will be awarded to support this year’s #FootballPeople weeks, with more than 150,000 people expected to take part.

Fare network Executive Director Piara Powar said: “The #FootballPeople weeks are an important period for European football uniting thousands of people who love this sport and want to show their support for diversity and inclusion for all.”

“We encourage everybody who believes in the fight against discrimination to join the campaign and get involved with their own activities. You can still register to be a part of it until October. Join the movement.” added Powar.

The #FootballPeople weeks will run between 10-24th October. For more information and to register your activity, see here.

2019 Event Grant recipients

Royal Belgian Football Association (Belgium)
Foot Ensemble (France)
Center of Development of Social Projects (Georgia)
The Do School (Germany)
Greek Forum of Migrants (Greece)
UNITED for Intercultural Action (Hungary)
Altropallone ASD Onlus (Italy)
OFFSIDE Festival (URBANACT) (Italy)
Fundacja dla Wolnosci (Poland)
GirlPower Football Club (Russia)
Queerstion Media (Sweden)
Istanbul Bilgi University Department of Sports Management – Association for Struggle Against Sexual Violence (Turkey)
League of Tolerance (Ukraine)
Fundacion Encontrarse en la Diversidad para la Educacìon Intercultural (Argentina)
Perkumpulan Sepakbola Uni Papua (Indonesia)
Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan)
Asociacion DEPORTVIDA (Peru)
Gawad Kalinga (Philippines)
Pomoć za Izbeglice u Srbiji (Serbia)
Football Without Borders (South Africa)
Buku Football Club (Thailand)
Women in Football (United Kingdom)
University of Bolton (United Kingdom)
Lewes FC (United Kingdom)
BONG DA CONG DONG TAI VIETNAM (Vietnam)