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Supporting AFL Victoria and safer club canteens

Footy clubs to be safer with $30,000 in grants in 2022

2022 is the fifth year of ESV’s Safer Canteens grants program.

This year, we are once again providing Victorian grassroots football clubs Be Sure Safer Canteens grants of up to $1,000 to upgrade old and potentially dangerous gas and electrical canteen appliances. We will contribute another $30,000 to support local, regional and suburban community football, which is more important than ever, following the impact of COVID-19 during 2020 and 2021.

2022 Safer Canteen Grants Applications NOW OPEN

Click HERE to apply


Your club could receive $1000 for new, safer gas and electrical canteen appliances. Read the details HERE.


Once again, ESV’s Safer Canteens program will provide grants of up to $1,000 for the purchase of new equipment to replace old, faulty and dangerous electrical or gas appliances in football club canteens, benefitting at least 30 suburban and regional clubs.

Since introducing Safer Canteens in 2018, working in partnership with AFL Victoria, we have awarded more than $120,000 to 133 football/netball clubs across Victoria.

The launch of Be Sure Safer Canteens coincides with the launch of ESV’s 2022 Be Sure campaign, which calls on Victorians to be aware of the potentially fatal threat of carbon monoxide poisoning from unserviced open flued gas space heaters this winter.

ESV Safer Canteen image - 3 girls and canteen volunteer

2022 resources

Energy Safe Victorian Blind Football League (VBFL)

ESV is also delighted to announce that in 2022 we are once again the sole sponsor of the Victorian Blind Football League, contributing $15,000 towards this community sport, which promotes fitness, fun and inclusion, enhances life skills and provides a sense of belonging for vision impaired Victorians. This is our second year as sole sponsor.

The opening round of the Energy Safe VBFL 2022 season was on Saturday 7th May, with the first round being Bulldogs v Hawthorn and Bombers v St Kilda. Keep up to date on the latest at the Energy Safe VBFL Facebook page.

The competitors in this sport are inspirational. Melanie Edge, the Hawthorn Captain was previously featured in the Vic Health “This girl can” campaign: watch her inspiring video.

We hope our support will help this new sport develop and grow.

Read more about ESV’s support of VBFL.

2021 Canteen Hero

After the success of our Canteen Hero award in 2019, when we received more than 70 nominations, we are celebrated footy’s unsung heroes in 2021 – the canteen volunteers – with an additional grant of $1,000 towards the purchase of new gas or electrical equipment in the winner’s canteen.

2021 was another tough year for community football across Victoria, and we can think of no better way to continue our support of footy club canteens than by recognising and celebrating the canteen heroes who are there week in, week out giving their time for their club, and financially supporting another footy club canteen to purchase new and safer equipment.

We can’t forget our fabulous 2019 winner, Bert van Lith from the Drysdale Football Netball Club. who is celebrated for his famous ‘Berty’s Schnitz’.

In 2021 we received more than 100 nominations and we were delighted to recognise and congratulate our 2021 Canteen Hero of the year:

Karen ‘Pinky’ Graham

from the Mount Pleasant Football Netball Club

Thank you to everyone who nominated their Canteen Hero – we celebrate all the unsung heroes who volunteer their time for their footy club.

And please try again in 2022 – your club could receive $1000 for new canteen appliances.

ESV Safer Canteens Grants image - canteen and Be Sure branding

2021 Safer Canteens grants recipient’s

Last year, the below Victorian community football and netball clubs received an Energy Safe Victoria Safer Canteens grant.

They were spread across nine country football regions (23 clubs) and the Melbourne Metro region (9 clubs).

Club Grant Region
Avoca Football Netball Club $883.41 AFL Goldfields
Bannockburn Football Netball Club $1000 AFL Barwon
Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club $1000 Metro Melbourne
Clyde Football Netball Club $789.82 AFL South East
Darebin Women’s Sports Club $1000 Metro Melbourne
Diggers Rest Football Netball Club $1000 Metro Melbourne
Dimboola Sporting Club $849 AFL Wimmera Mallee
Hamilton Kangaroos Football Netball Club $1000 AFL Western District
Heywood Football Netball Club $1000 AFL Western District
Hill End and Grove Rovers Football Netball Club $730 AFL Gippsland
Kiewa Sandy Creek Football Netball Club $1000 AFL North East Border
Korumburra Bena Football Netball Club $760 AFL Gippsland
Lexton Football Netball Club $1000 AFL Goldfields
Maryborough Football Netball Club $1000 AFL Central Victoria
Milawa Football Netball Club $1000 AFL North East Border
Moonee Valley Football Club $1000 Metro Melbourne
Mount Eliza Junior Football Club $1000 AFL South East
North Footscray Football Netball Club $1000 Metro Melbourne
North Sunshine Football Club $1000 Metro Melbourne
Old Collegians Football Netball Club $1000 AFL Western District
Sea Lake Football Netball Club $900 AFL Central Victoria
Simpson Football Netball Club $1000 AFL Barwon
Skye Football Netball Club $987.39 Metro Melbourne
South Colac Sports Club $1000 AFL Barwon
Taylors Lake Football Netball Club $1000 AFL Wimmera Mallee
Tungamah Football Netball Club $1000 AFL Goulburn Murray
Upper Ferntree Gully Football Club $1000 Metro Melbourne
Violet Town Football Netball Club $1000 AFL Goulburn Murray
Wangaratta Junior Magpies Football Club $1000 AFL North East Border
Warrack Eagles Football and Netball Club $696 AFL Wimmera Mallee
Wyndham Suns Football Club $1000 Metro Melbourne
Yallourn Yallourn North Football Netball Club $837 AFL Gippsland
Total $30,432.62  

2021 resources

About the Safer Canteens grants program

In 2018, we developed the ESV Safer Canteens grants program in partnership with AFL Victoria, to directly support local clubs financially, and raise awareness and understanding about energy safety at a community level.

Over the past four years, 479 applications have been received and $120,000 in grant funds have been handed out to more than 133 clubs across Victoria.

The overwhelming response helps us understand the struggle many clubs face funding the replacement of canteen equipment. There are countless stories of old, broken down equipment being used by volunteers, who are potentially at risk of an appliance-related injury.

In 2020, ESV Commissioner and Chair Marnie Williams, announced the extension of our partnership for a further three years and an additional $10,000 in Safer Canteens grants, bringing the total to $40,000 in Safer Canteens grants awarded in 2020. Our ongoing commitment and investment of over $120,000 ensures community football is supported into 2022.

In addition to the grant funds, each successful club receives a merchandise pack from ESV; including new menu boards and canteen counter mats – each displaying our energy safety messages.

ESV and AFL Victoria

ESV is an Official Partner of AFL Victoria.

We’ve proudly supported of the growth of country football and together raised awareness of gas and electrical safety issues in regional and metro areas for more than eleven years.  In 2020 we again underscored our ongoing support for community football by extending our partnership through to 2022.

ESV-AFL Victoria community football partnership - Supporting Club Canteens