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UEFA allocates first round of climate funding for amateur clubs

March 14 2024 - News Release News Editorial

Some 80 grassroots football clubs in Germany have been selected to receive a share of €2.3m from the UEFA Euro 2024 climate fund. 

UEFA allocates first round of climate funding for amateur clubs

Over 2,300 clubs submitted projects for funding, which forms part of the governing body’s work under the banner ‘United by Football – Together for Nature’. German amateur clubs are able to request financial support for climate projects until June 30.

The climate fund was launched earlier this year.

Clubs are able to apply for funding for projects relating to energy, water, waste management and mobility. The majority of projects so far have been linked to the installation of LED floodlights, solar panels, domestic batteries, smart irrigation system, sharing stations for e-cars, heat pumps, thermal insulation, e-minibuses, LED lighting and motion detectors, and water-saving shower heads.

“UEFA’s climate fund offer has already inspired 2,300 grassroots clubs all over Germany, confirming the appeal of the programme and showing the acceleration potential of this initiative,” said Michele Uva, UEFA’s Social and Environmental Sustainability Director.

“The investment of €7m will contribute to a sustainable legacy for the Euro 2024 tournament, making a significant impact on reducing CO2 emissions and supporting climate protection. It’s great to see our ESG strategy further coming to life, catalysing actions in support of the environment.”

"It’s great to see our ESG strategy further coming to life, catalysing actions in support of the environment.” Michele Uva, UEFA’s Social and Environmental Sustainability Director

Following the first round of reviews, a supervisory committee confirmed that 80 projects would receive funding of up to €250,000 to implement their proposals. Clubs will only have to finance a maximum of €5,000 or 10% of the total costs themselves.

The first round saw €2.3m of the total available €7m allocated to sustainable projects across all 21 regional associations.

The remaining funds will be allocated in the second and third project review waves, which are scheduled for the end of April and the end of June this year.

“It’s the first time that a climate fund has been set up for a Euro tournament,” added Heike Ullrich, German Football Association General Secretary. “I think it’s fantastic that we’ve begun to jointly put things into practice well before the start of the tournament. It’s a great investment for the sake of our climate and in our football infrastructure in Germany. On behalf of the entire German football family, we would like to thank UEFA for the initiative and its implementation.”

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