$3 million of the $30 million fund will be released in year one, with the remainder to be back-ended across the length of the MoU.
The $3 million investment for 2018-19 will be split across Australian community cricket clubs in the below streams.
1. Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund (ACIF)
- $1 million will be allocated to the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund, with Queensland Cricket to receive $130,000.
- Of the $1 million, $900,000 has been assigned to Australian Cricket State Associations, with the remaining $100,000 to be utilsed for specific projects.
2. Equipment Grants
- $2m to an Equipment Grants Fund available to clubs in regional and drought affected communities.
The $2 million Equipment Fund will allow eligible clubs in rural and drought affected regions to apply for grants up to $2,500 to purchase equipment to support playing, training and other operating requirements. Grant applications will be open for six weeks from Thursday 14 February and close on 31 March through www.grassrootscricketfund.com.au, with CA handling the grant administration.
Queensland Cricket Infrastructure Fund
As a result of today’s Grassroots Cricket Fund announcement, funding support for Queensland Cricket community infrastructure projects will increase by $130,000 to $1.18 million for the current financial year, up 75% from 2017-18.
With additional funding now available, the deadline for applications under the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund incorporating the Grassroots Cricket Fund will now be extended to 31 March 2019. More information on the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund can be found here.
With recent floods in Townsville and North Queensland having caused damage to grounds, equipment and infrastructure, Queensland Cricket is working closely with CA and the ACA to ensure Townsville Cricket is properly considered for ACIF support following today's announcement. Details are expected to be released next week.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who in Queensland can apply to receive Australian Cricket Infrastructure Funding?
Clubs, associations, councils, schools, facility managers or any other organisation with a role as a user or manager of a community cricket facility in Queensland.
2. How can I apply for funding from the ACIF?
Applications are submitted via an online form that can be access here.
3. How can I apply for a Grassroots Cricket Equipment Grant?
Community Cricket clubs can apply for Equipment Grants up to $2,500 at www.grassrootscricketfund.com.au.
4. What types of projects receive funding from the ACIF?
Projects must be focused on growing cricket participation and/or providing welcoming and inclusive environments for all participants. Typical projects include the construction or refurbishment of pitches, ovals, practice facilities, change rooms, pavilions and supporting infrastructure.
5. Are there projects that the ACIF doesn't support?
The ACIF doesn’t support 1) projects that have already commenced, 2) sporting equipment (eg. stumps, balls), 3) routine maintenance or maintenance equipment, 4) temporary facilities, 5) projects not focused on community cricket, 6) projects that can be covered by insurance, 7) previously funded facilities (unless a new facility component), and 8) facilities with no/limited public access.
6. What if my project doesn't meet the funding guidelines?
Please make contact with Paul Leven, QC State Infrastructure Manager (email@example.com) to discuss how we may be able to assist you to develop your project or seek other funding opportunities.
7. How much funding can I apply for?
The ACIF has three categories relating to the amount of the funding request:
Community Cricket Infrastructure Grants - Minor: $1,000 - $10,000
Community Cricket Infrastructure Grants - Major: $10,001 - $50,000
Applications for more than $50,000 for multi-faceted / regionally significant projects will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
8. When do applications close?
31 March 2019
9. How much money is allocated in QC’s ACIF for this financial year?