Through a partnership between the players, the Australian Cricketers’ Association and Cricket Australia, the Grassroots Cricket Fund will ensure community cricket clubs around Australia can access much-needed funds to reinforce their position as pillars for local communities and continue to produce the next generation of Australian cricket stars.
Players are giving more than $30 million to support grassroots cricket, with clubs throughout Australia benefiting from the most significant collective investment into grassroots cricket from Australian professional cricketers in history.
This round of funding is open for three weeks, or until the funding allocation is exhausted. Grants will be allocated on a first-in, first-served basis so clubs must be quick to express interest.
All community clubs are eligible to apply, with clubs that did not receive funding in round 1 receiving priority access.
Applications for equipment funding can include the purchase of playing equipment such as stumps, helmets and balls, as well as technological support in the form of tablets and laptops.
Groundskeeping assistance for items such as mowers, sprinklers and rollers will also be considered, as well as club facilities including barbecues and temporary shade structures.
With player safety and supporting volunteers a priority for the game’s elite players, the Grassroots Cricket Fund has also engaged helmet manufacturer Masuri and technology company, Microsoft to provide discounted products for clubs to access through the equipment grants. Clubs can choose to take on these offers or alternatively, purchase these items through their preferred supplier.
Update: Round 2 of the Grassroots Cricket Fund has now been exhausted.
Thank you to all cricket clubs throughout Australia who have applied to the Grassroots Cricket Fund Community Club Equipment Grant for 2019-20. The players have been overwhelmed by the response from clubs and we have exhausted the $2 million grants pool for this season within a week! Keep a look out from next year for when further Community Club Grants will be made available.
A reminder that the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund (ACIF) is open to all clubs, associations, schools, councils and cricket facility managers, acknowledging the important role that these partners play in developing facilities for community cricket across Australia. ACIF dates will be confirmed soon.