For the second successive year clubs, associations and schools around Australia can capitalise on the rapid growth in cricket participation for females through the hugely successful Growing Cricket for Girls Fund.

Associations, clubs, schools and State and Regional School Sporting Associations can apply until 6 June 2017 for grants of up to $5000 a year over two years as part of a ground breaking funding initiative for female sport that in year one proved to be an instant hit with more than 500 girls’ teams joining more than 40 new girls’ competitions around Australia.

Queensland Cricket General Manager – Game & Market Development John Stock said the latest allocation of funding would further assist the growth of girls’ cricket in the State.

“We saw some outstanding results with new competitions and opportunities available for girls in Toowoomba, Townsville, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Gympie and Cairns in the past 12 months,’’ he said.

“We also had existing competitions such as in Mackay, Atherton and Brisbane that experienced significant growth with new teams and players.”

“Queensland Cricket is very confident that this level of assistance will continue to provide more opportunities for girls to play cricket,’’ he said.

Cricket Australia in partnership with the Commonwealth Bank established the fund to directly support local cricket associations, cricket clubs and secondary schools across the country to develop new girl’s competitions and grow established competitions.

Cricket Australia CEO Mr James Sutherland said:

“We are very grateful for the support from principal partner Commonwealth Bank. Thanks to the Bank’s commitment, total investment in Growing Cricket for Girls is now $6m over four years – the single biggest investment by an Australian National Sporting Organisation into teenage girls’ sport.”

Commonwealth Bank’s General Manager of Brand and Sponsorship, Mr Stuart Tucker said:

“The Growing Cricket for Girls program is going from strength to strength. More than 7500 girls, between the ages of 13 and 18, are now playing in girls-only competitions around Australia, and we’re expecting that number to continually rise over the coming years. Not only does this mean more girls are getting to enjoy the great game of cricket, it also means the talent pool for the next generation of national players is going to be bigger and better than ever before.”

To apply for grants visit Applications close 6 June 2017.