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For the third year in a row, St.George Bank has announced and increased its commitment to four codes across the nation, with $250,000 in funding via the St.George Bank footy grants program to provide much-needed financial support to the grassroots football community.

It follows a difficult 12 months for local clubs hurt by COVID-19 as they have faced into added pressure such as registration costs, fundraising and participation in communities across Australia.

General manager for St.George Bank, Ross Miller said: "Local sporting clubs have been hit hard by social distancing restrictions and the uncertainty we’ve all felt through COVID-19, and more recently flooding across New South Wales and South-East Queensland.

"That’s why for 2021 we have extended the St.George Bank footy grants program offering our biggest commitment yet of $250,000 in funding to ensure grassroots clubs and networks receive much-needed assistance to thrive.

"We also hope our grants can assist to remove barriers in sport and encourage footy communities needing financial assistance to enable children with a physical or intellectual disability to apply – this is a great extension of our passion for all-abilities sport and our partnership with the modified rugby program, a new, modified form of touch-only rugby, developed by GingerCloud Foundation."

St.George Bank's strong history with Australian sport stems from being naming rights partner to the St.George Illawarra Dragons women's and men's team as well as the St.George Queensland Reds women's and men's team.

Kezie Apps on St.George Bank footy grants

St.George are also a sponsor of Brisbane's LGBTQI rugby team, The Hustlers, the newest partner to Sydney's LGBTQI rugby team, Sydney Convicts, a sleeve sponsor to the GWS Giants and major partner to the Brisbane Football Club, covering four codes of footy across Australia.

Players, families and friends of teams, coaches and volunteers are invited to apply or nominate for a grant that would help benefit their community on or off the field.

Applications and nominations are open from Wednesday, April 28 until Wednesday, June 9, 2021.

Nominations are open for QLD, NSW and ACT residents over the age of 13 years old who want to put forward an individual nomination or a registered local club they think would benefit from a St.George Footy Grant. Individuals and clubs are also welcome to self-nominate.

To nominate, apply or find out more information visit: stgeorge.com.au/footygrants