The ECB 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. The scheme is open to all affiliated cricket clubs, and it is expected the fund will run until at least 2025.
There are three key themes in the programme:
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.
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 and/ or disability cricket.
Tackling Climate Change (supported by Sport England) – Open to any affiliated cricket club.
Further information on project themes and eligibility is provided in the guidance notes for cricket clubs which can be found HERE
To assist clubs in identifying where they may need to improve their facilities and to demonstrate why a project is needed ECB has produced the following resources:
The guide and supporting documents have been designed to help all clubs examine their existing facilities and identify areas where improvement works could make a difference to how welcome different users feel when visiting the club. A key aim of the guide is to assist in identifying projects which will remove barriers to participation in cricket and help everyone feel more welcome.
Clubs having read the guidance notes who feel they are eligible to make an application should complete the Expression of Interest Form HERE
DCF staff will look to provide feedback to clubs within 7 working days and advise on next steps.
For more information please visit the ECB website HERE