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Applications open for McDonalds $15,000 Community Grants program

15 February 2024

Six grants available for young aspiring football stars in NSW

15 February 2024: McDonald’s has partnered with Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderers and Central Coast Mariners to launch its NSW Community Grants program for 2024, aimed at supporting young aspiring football stars across NSW.

There are six grants available for NSW based football players aged between 14 – 18 years old, who will each receive $2,500 in development funding, an exclusive money can’t buy experience with one of the football clubs and an interview opportunity for a role at their local Macca’s*.

The development funding is designed to cover sporting club registration fees, equipment and sporting lessons, helping young football players continue to work on their skills and chase their dreams.

The grant also includes an exclusive money can’t buy experience with either Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderers or Central Coast Mariners, including behind the scenes stadium tours, player meet and greets, tickets to game days and training opportunities.

Amanda Nakad, Marketing Director at McDonald’s Australia said: “As one of the largest employers of young people in Australia, we are committed to supporting the leaders of tomorrow and helping young Aussies set up their future for success.

“The NSW Community Grants program is aimed at young football stars across the State who dream of being a professional athlete and pursuing a career in football.

“Through partnering with Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderes and Central Coast Mariners, we are able to offer six young football stars across New South Wales the opportunity to score $2,500 in funding and an exclusive money can’t buy experience.

“This is an incredible prize for a young aspiring athlete with big dreams and we can’t wait to see the positive impact it has on their future sporting career.”

Applications are open from now until 11.59pm (AEST) on Sunday, 31 March 2024. To apply, parents or guardians need to submit an application here outlining how the recipient embodies the values of commitment, team spirit, respect for others and support for their community.

For more than 50 years, McDonald’s has been part of local communities across Australia, committing millions of dollars each to support activities, events and groups that help Aussies lead active lifestyles, develop skills, care for the environment and support one another through times of crisis.

This is the third year McDonald’s has partnered with Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderers and Central Coast Mariners to offer the NSW Community Grants program.

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About McDonald’s Australia

Australia’s first McDonald’s restaurant opened in Yagoona, Sydney, in 1971. Today there are over 1,025 McDonald’s restaurants across Australia, nearly 85 percent of which are franchised and run by local businessmen and women. The organisation employs more than 110,000 people in restaurants and corporate offices Australia-wide and is the largest employer of youth in the country.

McDonald’s creates more than 3,000 new jobs each year and spends over $40 million per annum on training and people development. For more information, visit or McDonald’s social channels: Facebook , Twitter Instagram ,TikTok or YouTube.

About the NSW Community Grants prizes

Macca’s has teamed up with elite NSW sporting clubs to support young athletes with big ambitions, through their Community Grants program. Young applicants aged 14-18 could score $2,500 in development funding, access to professional athlete mentoring, and an interview opportunity for the role of crew member at Macca’s restaurant.*

Terms and conditions available here:

*Interview opportunities will only apply to those eligible to work in New South Wales. If the recipient is eligible and interested, McDonald’s will organise an interview for the role of crew person at their local McDonald’s restaurant.