Funding Updates

From 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. Its open to all affiliated clubs with a minimum application of £1,000 and a maximum of £10,000.

    There are three themes to the fund, and these are:

    Creating Welcoming Environments – open to affiliated cricket clubs registered for All Stars or Dynamos in 2022, 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. Key areas covered under this theme are Social Space/ Toilet Facilities/ Catering/ Arrival & Access/ Digitising

    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 or disability cricket. Key areas covered under this theme are Non-Turf Match Pitch (must be an ECB Approved System)/ Non-Turf Practice Facility (must be an ECB Approved System)/  Enhanced Changing Facilities.

    Tackling climate change (supported by Sport England) – Open to all affiliated cricket clubs. Key areas covered under this theme are Flood Resilience / Targeted drainage/ Drought Resilience / Energy Saving/ Water Management

    During 2022 DCF has distributed more than £180K to 27 clubs under the programme which has been a huge boost to .recreational cricket.


  • ECB Interest Free Loan Scheme – the England and Wales Cricket Trust (EWCT) Interest Free Loan Scheme provides finance to clubs for capital projects to help them build and ensure a sustainable future. The fund is open to all affiliated clubs and covers a wide range of projects, under the following themes:
    • Buildings
    • Equipment
    • Fine Turf Projects
    • Land Purchase
    • Non-Turf

    In terms of available funding clubs with a junior section can apply for between £1,000 and £50,000 while clubs without a junior section can apply for between £1,000 and £20,000

    Under each theme there are a range of eligible projects, all the information is available through the following link Here.

Sport England Funds

has a range of funds available and it is worthwhile visiting the website at

They provide information on funding programmes as well as suggestions on other ways to generate funding, clubs can sign up for their newsletter too.

One fund where Derbyshire clubs have been successful is the “Active Together” fund linked into Crowdfunder.

Active Together is a £7.5 million fund, with up to £10,000 in match funding, as part of a support package to help clubs and organisations set up and run crowdfunding campaigns related to the ongoing impact of Covid-19, as well as the emerging energy, cost of living or other local crises – such as adverse weather.

Crowdfunder provides great support for clubs which includes:

  • The platform to set up your campaign
  • Free 1-2-1 coaching by experts
  • Advice and guidance on campaign improvements
  • Access to free online courses
  • Free 30-minute webinars, monthly

And this is a fund where there are lots of success stories – worth a look, the following websites provide further information:

Sport England –

Crowdfunder –

And here are a few other options for clubs to explore:

Derbyshire County Council – have a couple of opportunities that can help clubs.

  • Derbyshire Grants – a grant funding opportunity available to not-for-profit organisations, the funding allocation for 2022 and 2023 is total £1.5 million.

Grants are available in 4 scaled categories from £1K to £50K+, for more information visit the website at:

  • Community Leadership Scheme – operate a scheme to provide small grants to community, voluntary, youth and other local organisations.

Its aim is to support worthwhile projects and initiatives that will benefit local communities, for more information visit the website at:

Local Authorities – in some areas there are small grants available to support clubs and voluntary organisations.

Have a look at their website to see if anything’s available, if you are looking at a specific project speak with your local councillor they might be able to help.

Parish Councils too can offer local support, keeping them informed and up to date can bring benefits!

Foundation Derbyshire – offers small grants of up to £2000, for up to 12 months of activity, to not-for-profit groups working across Derby and Derbyshire

Their funds can support a range of activities and costs and there are no deadlines for applications.

Visit for further information on what’s available.

Easy fundraising – I know that many clubs are already linked into this, and we have some that are raising £1000 plus a year.

For clubs not signed up yet it’s a great way to get your members, supporters, friends, and family to help you raise money by simply shopping online through easyfundraising.

The site works like a cashback website, with the cashback being accrued for the cause/project of your choice.

All the information needed to register can be found at

While the current climate is challenging there are always funding opportunities around, you just need to keep looking for them.

To help the County Sports Partnership has funding information at and you can sign up for their newsletter too.

Also, the local CVS (there’s one in most districts) usually offer funding help, so they are worth a visit too.

If you want any more information regarding funding, please contact Mick Glenn –

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