Australians have long been known for their love of the game of cricket and Cricket Australia has now made available Grassroots Cricket Funding for regional communities in Australia.
Through a partnership between the players, the Australian Cricketers’ Association and Cricket Australia, the Grassroots Cricket Fund will ensure community cricket clubs around Australia get much-needed investment to reinforce their position as pillars for local communities and continue to produce the next generation of Australian cricket’s stars.
In it’s first year, the Grassroots Cricket Fund will focus on affiliated cricket clubs in rural and drought affected regions to apply for funding to purchase equipment to ensure cricket clubs around Australia remain the lifeblood of their local community.
Prioritising equipment funding to drought affected clubs is important to the players because of the large parts of the nation that have been impacted by drought, which is a cause close to their hearts. This will be a key question in the application process, as drought affected communities will be prioritised.
Equipment that will be funded through the Grassroots Cricket Fund includes:
• Competition and training equipment e.g. Helmets, uniforms, stumps, bats, balls, cones;
• Technology to support club operations e.g. iPads, laptops;
• Maintenance equipment: e.g. rollers, sprinklers, mowers;
• Facilities equipment: e.g. temporary nets, covers;
• Club equipment e.g. Temporary shade, BBQs; and
• Other items than support the club, the players and the local community.
An amount of $2,500 can be applied for the Grassroots Cricket Equipment Fund and you can apply online here. The application process takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.
Please note that the Grassroots Cricket Fund application started on 14 February 2019 and will close on 31 March 2019 or until all funds have been exhausted.
Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund (ACIF)
Cricket Australia, in partnership with State and Territory Associations, is committed to developing quality facilities that provide a welcoming environment for all participants, officials, volunteers and spectators. The ACIF will contribute $4.6 million per annum into community cricket facility projects, representing Australian Cricket’s largest ever commitment to community cricket infrastructure.
The ACIF is open to all clubs, associations, schools, councils and cricket facility managers, acknowledging the important role that these partners play in providing facilities for community cricket across Australia.
Projects must be focused on growing cricket participation and/or providing welcoming and inclusive environments for all participants. Typical projects include the construction or refurbishment of pitches, ovals, practice facilities, change rooms, pavilions and supporting infrastructure.
The ACIF has two grant categories relating to the amount of the funding request:
- Community Cricket Infrastructure Grants – Minor: $1,000 – $10,000
- Community Cricket Infrastructure Grants – Major: $10,001 – $50,000
*Applications for more than $50,000 for multi-faceted / regionally significant projects will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
TIS have extensive experience in assisting clients with the grant application process including the assessment of proposed works, design and documentation of project, detailed quotation and assistance with grant submission paperwork.
For more information regarding the ACIF, click here.
Should you wish to check if your club is eligible for the next round of Australian Cricket Infrastructure funding, please contact Brett or Brendan on 1300 787 003 or complete your details on the Contact form.
TIS looks forward to assisting your club in accessing valuable funding that will enhance your club facilities for future generations of Aussie cricketers.