The Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund (ACIF) is a joint initiative between Cricket Australia, QC and the Australian Cricketers’ Association through the Grassroots Cricket Fund that allows clubs to apply for seed funding to build and improve facilities and grounds.
2018-19 was a record year for community cricket infrastructure grants in Queensland, with 47 projects across the state receiving seed funding through the ACIF from a pool of $1.2 million. Teaming up with the State Government, local councils and other funding partners, the total ACIF Queensland project value for the year will end up around $11.2 million.
Spread from the Gold Coast in the south to Weipa in the north, the ACIF included projects to construct female-friendly change rooms and sight screens at Redlands Cricket Club on Brisbane’s bayside, install a flood-resistant hybrid pitch in Townsville, upgrade field lighting facilities in Gatton, refurbish Tewantin Noosa Cricket Club’s wicket block and install new lighting, and build a new indoor training facility in Caboolture. A full list of ACIF projects can be viewed here.
QC Chair Chris Simpson said the ACIF played a crucial role in developing grassroots cricket across the state and ensuring QC was living out its purpose to unite and inspire Queensland communities through cricket.
“QC’s vision is for cricket to be Queensland’s favourite sport and do achieve this we need our game to be strong and united at a grassroots level. This means our participants need to be playing and training at grounds and facilities that are safe, welcoming and of a high standard. The Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund has been a game-changer in helping us achieve this.
“With 47 projects receiving funding in the last 12-months alone, our clubs across the state are in a stronger position than ever to offer their players and coaches great experiences and the opportunity to improve their performances by having the best-possible facilities in place.
“Specifically, we want to prioritise projects that promote cricket to female, junior and all-ability players so that we can truly be a game that is played and enjoyed by all Queenslanders.
“All clubs and associations are encouraged to get in touch with Queensland Cricket to discuss how we can work together to keep building infrastructure that can help us unite and inspire our communities through cricket.”
2019-20 ACIF applications are now open and more information is available through the QC website. Clubs are also encouraged to reach out to Paul Level, QC’s State Infrastructure Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.