The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has introduced a climate fund in conjunction with this year’s European soccer championship, set to take place in Germany’s capital, Berlin, from 14 June to 14 July, 2024.
Despite the comprehensive efforts outlined in the UEFA Euro 2024 environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategy to minimize the environmental impact, the nature of a global soccer event inevitably results in unavoidable carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
To address this, UEFA has taken a proactive approach by establishing a climate fund designed to finance environmental initiatives led by amateur soccer clubs across Germany, the union said on its website.
For every ton of CO2 emissions generated in connection with UEFA Euro 2024, a contribution of $27 (€25) will be made to the climate fund.
Projections prior to the tournament suggest that approximately $7.6 million will be available for climate protection projects.
Amateur soccer clubs in Germany will have the opportunity to select projects from a predefined list within the categories of energy, water, waste management, and smart mobility.
The aim is to make a substantial investment in initiatives that will have a lasting impact on reducing CO2 emissions, thereby contributing to the enduring legacy of UEFA Euro 2024 within the German soccer community and the broader environment.
The call is open between 8 January and 30 June this year, allowing applicants to request any amount up to a maximum of $272,000.
Clubs are required to contribute a minimum of 10% of the requested grant, capped at $5,400.
The application process is streamlined, particularly for requests below $27,000, and applicants are permitted to combine multiple smaller projects into a single application.
More information about how German amateur clubs can apply for funding can be found here.