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County Grants Fund


A brand new funding scheme to improve facilities and the environmental sustainability of cricket clubs.

The County Grants Fund aims to support affiliated cricket clubs to create welcoming environments, provide enhanced facilities and playing opportunities, and to help clubs tackle the impact of climate change.

Who can apply?

The scheme is open to all ECB affiliated cricket clubs in England and Wales.

What type of projects are eligible?

1. Creating welcoming environments

Open to affiliated cricket clubs registered for All Stars or Dynamos in 2021, or actively involved with women’s and girls’ cricket and / or disability cricket. It is an expectation that any junior programme will include and actively engage with girls.

    • Social Space – furniture / decoration / flooring / patio / decking / heating / glazing
    • Toilet Facilities – sanitaryware / tiling / flooring / baby-changing facilities
    • Catering – kitchen units / appliances / professional catering equipment / barbecue
    • Arrival and Access – lighting / signage / car park / disabled access
    • Digitising – WiFi / Broadband hardware (excludes subscription fees) / TVs / PA or Music systems / Electronic Point of Sale equipment

2. Enhanced facilities and playing opportunities for women’s and girls’ cricket and / or disability cricket

Open to affiliated cricket clubs actively engaged in competitive female only cricket.

    • Non-Turf Match Pitch (must be an ECB Approved System)
    • Non-Turf Practice Facility (must be an ECB Approved System)
    • Enhanced Changing Facilities:
      • Create individual shower spaces with drying areas
      • Improved toilet provision – sanitaryware / tiling / flooring
      • Decoration / mirrors / hand dryers / grooming points
      • Personal possession lockers

3. Tackling climate change (supported by Sport England)

Open to any affiliated cricket clubs.

    • Flood Resilience* – building protection / targeted drainage** / ditch or culvert clearance
    • Drought Resilience* – rainwater harvesting / irrigation*** / bore holes
    • Energy Saving – Insulation / LED lighting / Solar PV / Solar Thermal / energy-efficient heating systems
    • Water Management – Water-saving sanitaryware / greywater recycling / efficient appliances

*CCBs should prioritise Clubs at risk of flood or drought in the first instance.
**Any drainage scheme other than small, specific projects will require a full feasibility study and the support of a fine-turf consultant. Large scale drainage schemes are unlikely to be suitable for this scheme.
***Irrigation schemes will not be considered if using mains water.

How much can be applied for?

Clubs can apply for between £1,000 (minimum) and £10,000 (maximum) per application.

How to apply

Download and read the guidance notes.

  1. Applications to have an impact this winter can get in contact with us from today (having followed the process fully as shown on the presentation).
    1. You will need to be able to evidence why the project is necessary now.
    2. Example – New activity – winter use of social space for external lettings
  2. Gloucestershire deadline 1  –  Midnight of Sunday 30th January 2022.
    1. All applications reviewed together by an internal peer review group with personal data removed.
    2. Assessed against a developed criteria looking for alignment to the County Strategy.
    3. The amount of grant offered may differ from that requested by the club. With a pre-determined budget, the amount of funding may vary. Applications will be referred to clubs if this is the case.

If you are eligible, please discuss your potential project with:

Steve Silk

Chief Executive

Mobile – 07554 452228

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