COMMUNITY football clubs have called for a slice of state funding on the eve of a parliamentary inquiry into AFL Tasmania's use of funds.
AFL Tasmania receives $500,000 a year from the state government to fund community football programs.
Some members of the Northern Tasmanian Football Association say that should include providing some support to their teams.
"We haven't seen a cent, and I reckon we should because it should go to the clubs that are the grassroots of footy," Tamar Cats president Charlie Davis said.
"We are really struggling to keep it going."
Hearings before the parliamentary standing committee of public accounts begin in Hobart today, moving to Launceston on Wednesday.
Committee chairman MLC Ivan Dean said he had heard concerns about how AFL Tasmania was spending the money for many years.
"They have been saying that if the money is for the purpose of promoting community football in this state then it hasn't done well in terms of community engagement, drafting and membership," Mr Dean said.
AFL Tasmania chief executive Scott Wade has refused to appear before a public hearing of the committee, saying AFL Tasmania was "not on trial".
Mr Wade said AFL Tasmania reported to the Office of Sport and Recreation twice a year and ticked off its expenditure of government funding against 43 key performance indicators and was happy to do the same for the committee, so long as it was in camera.
"We don't report to the state government," he said.
"That's not how our Australian Football League works. We will report to the AFL and that's it."
Old Scotch delegate Geoff Price said the community football funding was a "sham".
"It's just not reaching grassroots football. It's money that AFL Tasmania has but where it's going no one seems to know, and no one seems to inquire," Mr Price said.
Mr Wade said the state funding was spent on game development, umpiring and AFL Tasmania's community football department, which was established with a $750,000 grant from Hawthorn Football Club last year.