Member of Lions Club – State Parliament
Cricket clubs across East Gippsland looking to upgrade their infrastructure or purchase new equipment can apply to two streams of funding from Cricket Australia.
Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, is encouraging Bairnsdale Cricket Association and its affiliated 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 Bull said.
“I have had discussions with Cricket Victoria, which administers the ACIF on behalf of the national body, and they said they would be happy to give strong consideration from applicants in drought-impacted areas who require assistance.”
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; and
• Strategic Infrastructure Grant: $50,000+.
“As an active playing member at St Mary’s Nagle and one who visits clubs and facilities regularly, I can see how these two programs would significantly benefit and support cricketers and volunteers in our region,” Mr Bull 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. 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 and more information can be found at https://www.cricketvictoria.com.au/grants/
Friday, February 22, 2019