A range of support packages have been created to assist clubs affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
There’s a number of funding options available to clubs.
COUNTY GRANT FUND
We are delighted to communicate information on the launch of the new ECB County Grants Fund.
County Grant Fund – Attached above are the full guidance notes for the County Grants Fund, including processes, levels of funding available and eligibility criteria.
The fund has three themes:
- Creating Welcoming Environments
- Providing Enhanced Facilities and Playing Opportunities for Women’s and Girls’ Cricket and / or Disability Cricket
- Tackling Climate Change
Clubs can apply for between £1,000 and £10,000.
- Familiarise yourself with the guidance notes
- Utilise the ‘Creating Welcoming Environments’ resource, survey and checklist to help develop your project plan.
- Identify who from your club will lead on your project – remember you will need two contacts
- When you feel you have a project, please contact Patricia Hankins on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a club from the Kettering& Corby or Northampton District or Jim Hawkins on email@example.com for a club in the South Northants or East Northants.
CREATING WELCOMING ENVIRONMENTS
To support the launch of the County Grants Fund, the ECB have released a new Creating Welcoming Environments Guide.
The Creating Welcoming Environments document is intended to provide guidance for cricket clubs to help make cricket facilities more inclusive and welcoming to all, by creating better environments for everyone using them and to encourage a more diverse range of people to join cricket clubs and get involved in the game at a recreational level. Club facilities are an important factor in ensuring that everyone, regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, faith or disability, feels comfortable within the club environment.
To assist clubs in assessing where they may need to improve their facilities to make them more welcoming and inclusive, the ECB has developed a couple of self-assessment documents.
ECB INTEREST FREE LOAN
With a minimum of 10% partnership funding, any ECB affiliated club can apply for between £1,000 and £50,000 depending on criteria.
SPORT ENGLAND FUNDING
Sport England funds hundreds of projects in grassroots sport every year. Small grants are available from £300 to £10,000.
MICK GEORGE FUND
Individual grants of between £500 and £1,500 are available to cricket clubs with an NN postcode.
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE CRICKET FOUNDATION
“The leading independent grant-making charity in the county who have supported a large number of cricket clubs over the years. To find out what grants they have on offer please CLICK HERE and to find out which grant would be best for your cricket club please CLICK HERE”
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE SPORT FUNDING FINDER
Northamptonshire Sport has a variety of different funding information available for clubs on their website, to find out what funds you could apply for please CLICK HERE
Club Matters is Sport England’s one stop shop for sports clubs, groups and organisations involved in the delivery of physical activity and sport.
Club Matters provides free, convenient, practical resources to help organisations to develop, grow, and become more sustainable and successful.
A Development Plan is an excellent tool which can give a real strategic focus to your club. This will help you to successfully work towards your club’s short and longer term goals
For help with your Clubs development plan please contact your Clubs and Community Manager:
Clubs in Kettering and Corby or Northampton District- Patricia Hankins on firstname.lastname@example.org
Clubs in East Northamptonshire or South Northamptonshire District- Jim Hawkins on email@example.com
ECB Clubmark is an accreditation scheme for cricket clubs and shows that the club is sustainable, well run and provides the right environment for its members.
Clubmark accreditation also means the club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages, as well as assuring parents and carers that they are choosing the right option for their young people.
For the 2022 season, Clubs needed to be compliant on the new Safe Hands Management System introduced by the ECB.
24 Clubmark Accredited Clubs in Northamptonshire:
Burton Latimer CC
Desborough Town CC
Finedon Dolben CC
Horton House CC
Kislingbury Temperance CC
Loddington and Mawsley CC
Northampton Saints CC
Old Northamptonians CC
Oundle Town CC
Overstone Park CC
Rushden and Higham Town CC
St Crispins and Ryelands CC
Thrapston Town CC
Weekley and Warkton CC
Wellingborough OGs CC
Wellingborough Town CC