ECA launches Ukraine relief fund with UEFA Foundation support

June 17 – The European Club Association and the UEFA Foundation for Children are inviting clubs to apply for a €25,000 and €50,000 grant to support efforts with humanitarian initiatives to assist the Ukrainian people.

The Ukrainian Relief Fund was announced by ECA Chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi (pictured) at the ECA General Assembly in Vienna, Austria, and has a pot of €1 million to allocate to club initiatives.

Recognising that many clubs have already pledged resource to relief projects, the ECA said that the financing is for “initiatives that are providing real and effective humanitarian and emergency actions to provide support and opportunities for the integration and development of displaced children and their families affected by the war.”

Al-Khelaifi said that the money was an initial €1 million financial contribution. He also highlighted that “many of our clubs have also offered to find a safe place for Ukrainian youth academy players.”

Applications for finance will first need to be approved by the newly set-up ECA Ukrainian Relief Committee, with successful applications then being passed to the UEFA Foundation.

“This generous support from the ECA confirms football’s solidarity with the victims of the war in Ukraine,” said Urs Kluser, the general secretary of the UEFA Foundation for Children.

“It is a great help to the clubs that have selflessly and directly taken in families with children or supported them through football activities over the last three months.”

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