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Funding and Support

Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund


 

Cricket is investing more into strategic community cricket facility projects than ever before via the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund (ACIF), now with additional support from the Australian Cricketers’ Association through the Grassroots Cricket fund. 

Through the ACIF and the Grassroots Cricket Fund, Queensland Cricket and Cricket Australia provide clubs, associations, schools, councils and other cricket facility managers with the opportunity to apply for seed funding for cricket facility projects that are prioritised under the Queensland Cricket Infrastructure Strategy 2018-2028.

Full funding guidelines for the ACIF (including the Grassroots Cricket Fund infrastructure contribution) are available in the online application form. 

 

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APPLY HERE - QC MAJOR

APPLY HERE - QC MINOR

 

KEY DATES

  • 2021-22 season ACIF applications for Queensland opened on Monday 13 September 2021.
  • 2021-22 season ACIF applications for Queensland will close on Friday 5 November 2021.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

1. How much funding can I apply for?

The 2020-21 season ACIF for Queensland provides funding in the following categories:

Community Cricket Infrastructure Grants – Minor = $1,000 - $10,000

  • Project examples: Pitches, practice facility refurbishment, minor change facility/pavilion refurbishment, supporting infrastructure

  • Seed funding up to 50% of the total project cost (with lower % favourably viewed) 

Community Cricket Infrastructure Grants – Major = $10,001 - $30,000

  • Project examples: New practice facilities, significant oval upgrades, sports lighting, change facility/pavilion upgrades, major refurbishments.

  • Seed funding up to 50% of the total project cost (with lower % favourably viewed) 

Strategic Cricket Infrastructure Grants = $30,001 +

  • Strategic projects are set out in the Queensland Cricket Infrastructure Strategy 2018-2028.To discuss possible partnerships in strategic projects please contact Christian Hunt, State Infrastructure Manager directly at Christian.Hunt@qldcricket.com.au or on 0432 329 577.

 

2. How can I apply for funding from the ACIF?

There is a formal online application process for each ACIF ‘round’. Apply here.

You are encouraged to click on the collaborative draft function in Submittable application form to allow QC staff to view your application, and possible assist you with the details of your application.

 

3. What types of projects receive funding from the ACIF?

Queensland cricket projects prioritised under the Queensland Cricket Infrastructure Strategy 2018-2028 will also be prioritised for ACIF seed funding.

All projects plans for applications to the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund must be compliant with Cricket Australia’s Community Cricket Facility Guidelines. 

QCIS strategic priorities and projects will be updated regularly. ACIF-funded projects in Queensland are typically focused on one or more of the following QCIS objectives:

  • Activating existing infrastructure to increase participation
  • Creating Flexible and Inclusive cricket environments,
  • Increasing facility Sustainability and/or Capacity,
  • Improving cricket infrastructure Quality, and/or
  • Supporting, strengthening and connecting Talent Pathways.

Typical projects include the construction or upgrade/refurbishment of cricket pitches, ovals, practice facilities, change rooms, pavilions and other supporting infrastructure for cricket with a growing focus on the development and improvement of sports lighting.

 

4. Who can apply to the ACIF? 

Queensland clubs, associations, councils, schools, facility managers or any other organisation with a role as a tenant, owner, user or manager of a community cricket facility.

 

5. Are there projects that the ACIF doesn't support? 

The ACIF doesn’t support:

  • Projects that have already commenced
  • Sporting equipment (eg. stumps, balls)
  • Routine maintenance or maintenance equipment
  • Temporary facilities
  • Projects not focused on club and community cricket
  • Projects that can be covered by insurance
  • Previously funded facilities (unless a new facility component or stage), and
  • Facilities with no/limited public access
  • Cricket oval picket fencing (unless part of a larger project)
  • Storage sheds (unless part of a larger project)

 

6. What if my project doesn't meet the funding guidelines?

You are advised to closely check your project meets guidelines before applying. Funding guidelines for the ACIF are available here. 

If your project appears to be ineligible, please make contact with your local Cricket Manager or Queensland’s State Infrastructure Manager, Christian Hunt (Christian.Hunt@qldcricket.com.au) to discuss how Queensland Cricket may be able to assist you to develop your project or to access other funding opportunities.

 

INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERS

Queensland Cricket works closely with Gabba Sporting Products as an infrastructure partner.

Queensland-based Gabba Sporting Products is Australia's leading manufacturer of sports facility infrastructure for both indoor and outdoor sports complexes and is now Queensland Cricket's preferred supplier of cricket complex fit outs, netting and synthetic turf pitches.

Gabba provides top quality products that will ensure your club looks and feels like a professional outfit. We have entered a partnership with Gabba because we know that the company can be trusted to provide value for money, and the best follow up service for your infrastructure. We recommend that you contact Gabba Sporting Products to discuss your infrastructure requirements. You can call Mitch or Dustin on (07) 3394 4200.