The ECA Relief Programme, set-up to assist member clubs for projects to assist displaced children and families during the ongoing Ukrainian humanitarian crisis, is nearing the second-round call for proposals deadline of 31 January.

The second-round call for proposals concerns the remaining €320,000 of the €1 million fund, first announced by ECA Chairman Nasser Al-Khelaïfi in March 2022 at the ECA General Assembly in Vienna, Austria, and is reserved for successful member club applications.

Clubs interested in applying for a contribution are requested to fill in an application form and submit it to ECA, describing the charitable initiative or project they are undertaking and providing supporting documentation.

Donations will, in principle, be limited to a maximum amount of €25,000. After approval by the ECA Ukraine Relief Committee the projects will be passed to the UEFA Foundation for Children for final validation and transfer of the appropriate donation to each project accordingly.

ECA Vice-Chairman, and Chairman of the Ukraine Relief Committee, Dariusz Mioduski, said: 

“As we begin 2023 unfortunately the crisis in Ukraine is still ongoing, but it is heartening to see member clubs who are working hard every day to support the many refugees and families displaced by this tragic war.

“We have received several new applications during this second-round call for proposals, and there are still a few days left ahead of the 31 January deadline for any last applications from member clubs. The more projects and clubs that we can support through this programme in these difficult times, the more children and families we can help.”

The ECA Ukraine Relief Committee approved applications for financial assistance from fifteen member clubs in 2022 for a combined amount of €680,000 during the first-round call for proposals.

The fifteen member clubs who had projects approved are: AC Sparta Praha, Athletic Club, Celtic FC, FC Chikhura Sachkhere, FC Shakhtar Donetsk, FC Slovan Liberec, GNK Dinamo Zagreb, Heart of Midlothian FC, Legia Warszawa, Maccabi Haifa F.C., Nõmme Kalju FC, SJK Seinäjoki, SK Slavia Praha, SK Slovan Bratislava, Trabzonspor AS.