European Small Grants announced for Football v Homophobia Month of Action #FvH2016

The Football v Homophobia campaign today announced the recipients of its European Small Grants Programme for February 2016, which has been funded by FARE, the European equality and diversity organisation for football.

The Small Grants Programme enables football stakeholders, many of them small grassroots initiatives, to take action on discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in football. All activity takes place in February, Football v Homophobia’s International Month of Action and LGBT History Month in the UK and Ireland.

Campaign Director Lou Englefield said of today’s announcement,

“We received a large number of applications and had some tough choices to make, but we’re delighted with the awards we’ve made. We were impressed with the large number of applications from Central and Eastern Europe, as well as from many organisations and groups we have not previously engaged. The funded activities reflect the diversity of LGBT and ally action in football across Europe”

Fare Programmes Co-ordinator Claudia Krobitzsch said:

“We are happy to see increasing numbers of groups getting involved in the action month to show their support for LGBT diversity in football and we look forward to seeing the selected activities take shape in February.”

Funded action extends from Portugal in the West to Russia in the East and includes initiatives by fans, activists, LGBT groups and grassroots football clubs. Activities include an educational theatre project, fan campaigns, community football festivals, tournaments, social media campaigns and workshops.

A full list of funded organisations and activities can be found below:

Youth Group of the Youth Resource Centre, Tuzla (Bosnia & Herzegovina) – A community futsal tournament and education campaign.

Fußballfans gegen Homophobie Österreich (Austria) – Campaign advising fans on how to challenge homophobia and where to get support.

ASPN VIKING Aleksandrow Kujawski (Poland) – Promotion of anti-homophobia messaging at U18 International Futsal Women’s through handing out leaflets, banners and t-shirts.

LGBT United Tetovo (Macedonia) – Community Festival to raise awareness of LGBT inclusion in sport

BiBeriS – Bildung & Beratung im Sport (Germany) – A programme of events including lectures, plays and workshops

Kulsport (Montenegro) – Two Football v Homophobia education events in Ulcinj and at FC Otrant-Olympic addressing issues of homophobia with young players.

ASOCIATIA RENATO (Romania) – A month long campaign of anti-discrimination activity, including football competitions vs Homophobia/Transphobia, and round table debates

qSPORT Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina) – Organisation of sporting events throughout February, with football as a priority, for LGBTQ youth to promote equality, acceptance and support.

FC Paris Arc En Ciel (France) – A mixed 5-a-side football tournament to raise awareness.

Women’s Alliance (Macedonia) – A social media campaign “Football v Homophobia” combatting the homophobia in football.

 Peachwise (Serbia) – A weekend of raising awareness of LGBTIQ+ issues in football (Bosnia and Herzegovina)“Football for everybody, everybody for Footbal” inclusion campaign, it will be very strong message.

Russian LGBT Sport Federation (Russia) – The first Tomsk tournament for equality

Rede Ex Aequo (Portugal) – an education project which will use an informal education methodology to explore topics of LGBTI discrimination

Mundwerk (Austria) – Development of a Forum Theatre play with the central theme “Homosexuality in Football

Out In Slovenia (Slovenia) – an exhibition based in Ljubljana, aimed at awareness-raising targeting a variety of football stakeholders

Les Dégommeuses (France) – A social media campaign focusing on homophobia in football with a focused visibility campaign at a targeted game.

TANKA (tuzlanska alijansa nezavisnih kvir aktivistkinja) – A radio campaign challenging  stereotypes, stigma and hate speech

KAOS GL (Turkey) – Two solidarity football matches between local LGBTI people and LGBTI refugees

Journalists for Social Change (Slovenia) – An audio-documentary on homophobia in football