Grassroot funding to go to bat for cricket

By Riverine Herald

CRICKET clubs across the Murray Plains electorate looking to upgrade their infrastructure or purchase new equipment can apply to two streams of funding from Cricket Australia.

Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh is encouraging clubs to submit an application to the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund, which is also open to councils, and the Grassroots Cricket Fund.

“The Grassroots Cricket Fund is open to clubs situated only in regional and rural areas, with a focus on supporting those in drought-impacted areas, while the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund (ACIF) is a larger stream for major projects,” Mr Walsh said.

The Grassroots Cricket Fund offers up to $2500 for equipment, while the ACIF offers three categories, with a 50 per cent contribution required:

■ Community Cricket Infrastructure – Minor: $1000 to $10,000

■ Community Cricket Infrastructure – Major: $10,000 to $50,000

■ Strategic Infrastructure Grant: $50,000+

Mr Walsh said clubs do a great job in raising funds to put back into their facilities through sponsorships, donations and raffles, but these two completely new grant streams could be game-changers.

“The drought takes a toll on all within our communities,’’ he said.

‘‘As the purse strings tighten in our farming sector, our many small businesses and traders, who support our clubs and associations so well, begin to feel the impact and this funding opportunity could take the pressure off at a time of need, so I encourage all to apply.”

Both grant programs close on March 31.

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