The UEFA Foundation has committed €50,000 each to 20 organisations to help them improve the lives of the continent's most vulnerable children.
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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 Association||SOS-Kinderdorf|
|Royal Belgian Football Association||Koninklijke Sporting Club City Pirates|
|Belarus Football Association||SOS-Сhildren's Village Marjina Gorka|
|Croatian Football Association||The Croatian Down Syndrome Association|
|Football Association of the Czech Republic||Real Top Praha|
|Danish Football Association||The Danish Christmas Seal Foundation|
|English Football Association||Coaches Across Continents Ltd|
|Estonian Football Association||SOS Children's Village Association of Estonia|
|German Football Association||In Safe Hands e.V.|
|Gibraltar Football Association||Help Me Learn Africa|
|Italian Football Association||Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù|
|Lithuanian Football Association||Nemuno krašto vaikai|
|Irish Football Association||Irish FA Foundation|
|Polish Football Association||Hope for Mundial Association|
|Portuguese Football Federation||Ludotempo – Associação da Promoção do Brincar|
|Football Union of Russia||Under the Flag of Kindness|
|Scottish Football Association||Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation|
|Football Association of Slovenia||Youth Health and Summer Resort Debeli Rtič|
|Swedish Football Association||KIF Örebro DFF|
|Ukrainian Association of Football||Football 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