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Supporting AFL Victoria and safer club canteens

Applications for ESV’s 2021 Safer Canteens grants program are now open.

Click HERE to start your application

Safer canteens in 2021 with $30,000 in grants

2021 is the fourth year of ESV’s Safer Canteens grants program. This year 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.

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, we have awarded more than $91,000 to 100 football/netball clubs across Victoria.

Read the media release about the 2021 Safer Canteens grants program and ESV’s sole sponsorship of Victorian Blind Football League.

Grant details

We look forward to receiving your Club’s application.

Victorian Blind Football League (VBFL)

ESV is also delighted to announce that in 2021 we will be the sole sponsor of the Victorian Blind Football League, contributing $15,000 towards this community sport, which promotes fitness, fun, inclusion and a sense of belonging for vision impaired Victorians.

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

Canteen Hero

After the success of our Canteen Hero award in 2019, when we received more than 70 nominations, we will once again seek to celebrate 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.

We can’t forget our fabulous 2018 winner, Bert van Lith from the Drysdale Football Netball Club. who is celebrated for his famous ‘Berty’s Schnitz’. If there’s someone like Bert at your club, make sure you tell us their story and nominate them for the 2021 Canteen Hero award.

Applications for Victoria’s Canteen Hero will open later in the season.

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 three years, more than 358 grant applications have been submitted and more than 100 clubs have received grants.

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 $90,000 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