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Funding & Grants

The majority of clubs in England and Wales would benefit from an injection or funding, whether that be for a redeveloped pavilion, new nets or to provide coaching in local schools. The list of things that clubs would like to improve is endless. There are lots of opportunities for cricket club to apply for sources of funding, but it is crucial that you can put forward an compelling case as all funding streams are always heavily oversubscribed.

Sources of Information:

  1. The ECB have created a detailed handbook 'Sources of Funding and Grant Aid for Cricket Clubs' which should be every clubs first port of call when thinking about grant funding
  2. Kent County Council produce a comphrehensive monthly newsletter that outlines funding sources available in Kent called 'Inside Track'
  3. Kent Sport is funded by Sport England and Kent County Council to deliver their priorities.  They administer their own funding streams as well managing external grants:

Kent Sport Small Grant for Organisations

Kent Sport Small Grant for Individuals

In addition they will support you in obtaining funding for your projects.  For more info click here

Grants

A comes from a funding body who is willing to invest an amount of money in order to see something achieved. Ordinarily this would be more people playing Cricket than were playing before their investment. But it can be to support known issues, like the number of games cancelled due to rain. Grants do not need to be repaid, but in most cases will require the applicant to provide some of their own funding towards the project. This can be as little as 10% of the overall cost.

Sport England - Community Asset Fund
  • The Community Asset Fund opened on 30 January 2017 – and they have received an exceptionally high volume of applications since.

    They have received more than 1,456 applications requesting a total amount of £75m so far (1 October 2017). This figure exceeds this year's budget by more than 500%.

    As a result, the assessment process is taking a little longer than anticipated and the current turnaround time is now estimated at approximately 8-10 weeks. This period may increase for some applications where they need to clarify details on the project.
England & Wales Cricket Trust Small Grants
  • The EWCT Small Grants Scheme is open once per year. The levels of funding fluctuate each year depending on the funds available to the Trust, similarly the eligible projects are subject to change from year to year as well. The EWCT Small Grants Scheme, usually runs between November and January. Please contact james.moss.kent@ecb.co.uk for more information.

Kent County Playing Fields Association General Grants

  • In order to apply to the KCPFA you must be a member which costs £25 per year. At present you can apply for a grant of a maximum of £1,000

Loans

The ECB Interest Free Loan
  • The scheme aims to finance capital projects to help create a sustainable future for cricket. Clubmark Status is NOT a requirement to apply.
The Kent County Playing Fields Association Loan Scheme
  • The maximum loan offered per application will be £25,000 or 80% of the cost of the project, whichever is the lesser amount. In the case of land purchases, the 80% ceiling will not apply. Loams are typically repaid over 5 years with a 4% interest rate per year.

Sportivate - Revenue Funding

A Sportivate project is a block of 6-8, weekly sports sessions targeting 11-25 year olds who are doing very limited sport in their spare time. Funding can be used to contribute to a range of costs including:
  • coaches to deliver projects
  • facility hire
  • transport
  • marketing and publicity
  • training/coach education courses needed to run and/or sustain the project
  • equipment

Young people participating in Sportivate projects must be encouraged to continue taking part when the Sportivate sessions are complete. This may be in a sports club, leisure centre or other community setting, depending on what’s appropriate for each young person.

Sportivate is administered by Kent Sport and you can read the full information and find information on how to apply by clicking here.

Cost Saving

Business Energy Direct
  • Working with the ECB have saved Cricket Clubs in England and Wales over £100,000 through sourcing smarter deals on their gas and electricity. 

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