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Footy club receives first National Pies for Local Heroes grant

The Cuprona Football Club from Burnie Tasmania is the first recipient of a grant from the National Pies for Local Heroes program.

After losing their club rooms to a fire in 2021, Cuprona’s 230 members and their supporters have been using shipping containers as temporary premises.

The club is the first recipient of a $1,000 grant as part of the National Pies for Local Heroes grants program.

According to club president Justin McPherson, the $1,000 grant will go towards replacing what was lost in the fire. This will include honour boards, jumpers and a new pie warmer to keep their National Pies hot on game day.

With 12 grants of $1,000 per month and one award of $10,000 up for grabs, National Pies chief executive officer Geraldine Tebbutt said the response to National Pies’ grants program has been extraordinary.

“We received more than 250 applications from across Australia and we’re thrilled with the response. We are beyond excited to be able to give back to so many deserving community groups and our grant to the Cuprona Football Club is just the beginning,” said Tebbutt.
The first round of applications closed on 29 February and the team at National Pies spent a couple of weeks sifting through all the applications.

“It was incredibly difficult to choose but we were really touched by the Cuprona Bulldogs and their story,” said Tebbutt.

National Pies announced the team is looking forward to choosing next month’s grant recipient.

While all existing applicants are still in the running for a possible grant, they encourage additional local community groups from across the country to apply.”

Applications are still open and any Australian-based community group and can apply via the National Pies website: to be considered for the upcoming rounds.

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