Communities throughout Australia will reap the rewards from Australian Cricket’s largest ever commitment to constructing and upgrading cricket facilities through the newly formed Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund (ACIF) which is now taking applications.

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 Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund provides an unprecedented opportunity for clubs, associations, schools and local councils to plan and fund the construction of, or upgrades to, cricket pitches and or practice nets, field and or net lighting and female-friendly change rooms,” said Cricket NSW State Infrastructure Manager, Dee Brock.

“We encourage ACT and NSW communities to swing into action as applications open today and close at midnight on Sunday 18th November.”

“Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to successful applicants as the ACIF seeks to enhance the quantity and quality of cricket infrastructure across all levels of community cricket.”

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.  In NSW, facility auditors visited more than 1,770 sites, inspecting 2,218 ovals, 845 practice facilities and 919 change facilities.

“Due to continued population growth and an increased demand for cricket facilities across Australia, the audit found that NSW needs an additional 290 ovals in the next ten years to provide communities the facilities they need,” Ms Brock said.

“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 change rooms 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.”

For ACIF inquiries or assistance in developing projects and completing the application form, please contact Matthew Phelps at matthew.phelps@cricketact.com.au 

For further details regarding funding categories and conditions, please refer to the ACIF Guidelines.

For assistance with cricket facility specifications, please refer to Cricket Australia’s Community Cricket Facility Guidelines.

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