Cricket clubs and leagues are now able to apply to two new funding schemes specifically designed to help see them through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Emergency Loan Scheme
The ECB Emergency Loan Scheme aims to support affiliated Cricket Clubs during the COVID-19 crisis by providing funding to help cover any shortfall in the preparation, essential day-to-day running and maintenance costs of facilities following the resumption of recreational cricket. Clubs can apply for between £1,000 and £20,000 / £50,000, the upper limit is for clubs with a junior section.
Return to Cricket Grant Scheme
The scheme aims to support affiliated Cricket Clubs and Leagues within England and Wales, during the COVID-19 crisis, by providing emergency grant funding to help cover any shortfall in the preparation, essential day-to-day running and maintenance costs of facilities following the resumption of recreational cricket.
Each application will be based on an assessment of need up to £3,000.
The scheme will run until December 2020.
League Emergency Loan Scheme
The ECB League Emergency Loan Scheme aims to support affiliated cricket leagues (open-age and junior leagues) during COVID-19 crisis through the provision of interest-free loans.
The scheme will fund the cost of cricket balls, plus, unrecoverable costs above £2,000 in the 2020 season which may include:
- The cost of block booking/hire of grounds
- The cost associated with the production of league handbooks
- The cost of purchase of kit and/or equipment
- The cost of staging events
Up to £50,000 can be applied for by the league.