Cricket is investing more into community cricket facility projects than ever before via the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund (ACIF).
Cricket ACT and Cricket Australia are partnering to provide clubs, association, schools, councils and cricket facility managers with the opportunity to apply for funding for cricket facility projects.
In line with Cricket Australia’s five-year strategic goal to be the leading participation sport in Australia, the ACIF will provide more than $4.68 million annually (up until 2020-21) to fund improved community cricket infrastructure, with a focus on growing participation and promoting accessibility and inclusivity in Australian cricket.
The Grassroots Cricket Fund, a partnership through which Australian cricketers will contribute funding towards community cricket projects, will also contribute an additional $1 million to the ACIF during 2019.
“The Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund provides an unprecedented opportunity for clubs, associations, schools and local councils to build or upgrade cricket pitches, training facilities, field and net lighting and female friendly change rooms to get on and plan, fund and build with confidence,” said Cricket ACT CEO James Allsopp.
“We encourage that planning to swing into action as applications from across the ACT are now open and close on Friday 26 April.”
“The additional support provided by the players and Australian Cricketers’ Association through the Grassroots Cricket Fund shows the commitment to support local communities to provide playing and training facilities to continue to grow participation in the ACT.”
The impetus to increase funding for community facilities came from the first ever National Cricket Facility Audit which assessed more than 5,500 sites and 7,000 ovals across the country.
“Due to continued population growth and an increased demand for cricket facilities across Australia, the audit found that an additional 1,400 ovals are needed in the next ten years to provide communities the facilities they need,” said James Allsopp.
“In addition, as women’s participation in the game continues to grow at a rapid rate, Cricket Australia is committed to supporting the delivery of 600 more female-friendly changerooms by 2022, to address the current situation where only 20 per cent of change rooms are appropriate for female players.”
“Australian Cricket is proud to partner with all levels of government in the provision of community infrastructure, and the ACIF will only bolster this partnership as we’ll be investing more in community facilities than ever before.”
“The ACIF will provide security and certainty for communities to invest in vital cricket infrastructure so future generations can enjoy and participate in Australia’s favourite game.”
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For ACIF inquiries or assistance in developing projects and completing the application form, please contact Matthew Phelps at Cricket ACT at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information on the Grassroots Cricket Fund is available at www.grassrootscricketfund.com.au.