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UEFA Foundation awards €1m to European charities

The UEFA Foundation has committed €50,000 each to 20 organisations to help them improve the lives of the continent's most vulnerable children.

UEFA Foundation awards €1m to European charities
UEFA Foundation awards €1m to European charities ©UEFA.com

The UEFA Foundation for Children has awarded a total €1 million in grants to 20 charities located across Europe – recognition for their tireless efforts to improve the lives of deprived or socially excluded children.

Each charity will receive €50,000 in funding support, a critical boost at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on local communities.

The Foundation has also committed an additional €50,000 to support the Youth Sports Games – Europe's largest amateur sports event – which organises free competitions for elementary and high school students in ten sports across Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia. In 2019, more than 200,000 children participated in the Games.

2020 UEFA Foundation for Children awards winners

Austrian Football AssociationSOS-Kinderdorf
Royal Belgian Football AssociationKoninklijke Sporting Club City Pirates
Belarus Football AssociationSOS-Сhildren's Village Marjina Gorka
Croatian Football AssociationThe Croatian Down Syndrome Association
Football Association of the Czech RepublicReal Top Praha
Danish Football AssociationThe Danish Christmas Seal Foundation
English Football AssociationCoaches Across Continents Ltd
Estonian Football AssociationSOS Children's Village Association of Estonia
German Football AssociationIn Safe Hands e.V.
Gibraltar Football AssociationHelp Me Learn Africa
Italian Football AssociationOspedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù
Lithuanian Football AssociationNemuno krašto vaikai
Irish Football AssociationIrish FA Foundation
Polish Football AssociationHope for Mundial Association
Portuguese Football FederationLudotempo – Associação da Promoção do Brincar
Football Union of RussiaUnder the Flag of Kindness
Scottish Football AssociationScottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation
Football Association of SloveniaYouth Health and Summer Resort Debeli Rtič
Swedish Football AssociationKIF Örebro DFF
Ukrainian Association of FootballFootball Development in Ukraine

New call for projects

The UEFA Foundation for Children awards were first announced in 2017 and have now provided a total €4 million in grants to help charitable organisations and projects across the European continent.

From 1 July to 15 August 2020, the Foundation will invite organisations supporting children's rights to submit new requests for funding on its official website. Its board of trustees will award grants in November. Applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • based in the country of a UEFA member association
  • accept and comply with the Foundation charter and ethics code
  • registered with the relevant national authorities for at least three years and comply with national legal obligations
  • engaged in activities that aim to help vulnerable, deprived or socially excluded children, and must never involve the promotion of talented young footballers