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Information about Grants and Loans programs available to the NSW cricket community.

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2021/22 Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund Round 1 – Now Open

Round 1 of the 2021/22 Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund (ACIF) is now open and closing on Sunday 14 November 2021, 11.59pm.

Clubs, associations, schools, councils, and cricket facility managers can all apply for community cricket facility projects that focus on growing participation and promoting accessibility and inclusivity.

The ACIF offers minor and major grants (of up to $30,000) for shovel-ready projects that aim to increase cricket participation, and which best demonstrate a partnership approach to funding with other clubs, sporting codes and all levels of government.

Those interested in applying are strongly encouraged to read the 2021/22 ACIF Guidelines and eligibility requirements carefully, and contact your local Cricket NSW representative to discuss your project.

To submit a Minor application ($1,000 - $10,000) please CLICK HERE.

To submit a Major application ($10,001 - $30,000) please CLICK HERE.

To learn more about leveraging grants & funding, watch Cricket NSW Grants & Funding Webinar.


Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund (ACIF)

The ACIF provides funding for community cricket facility projects, with a focus on growing participation and promoting accessibility and inclusivity.

The ACIF will contribute more than $4.25 million per annum into community facility projects, representing Cricket’s largest ever commitment to infrastructure funding.

The ACIF is open to all clubs, associations, schools, councils and cricket facility managers, acknowledging the important role that these partners play in providing facilities for community cricket across Australia.  

The ACIF offers minor and major grants (of up to $30,000) for shovel-ready projects that aim to increase cricket participation, and which best demonstrate a partnership approach to funding with other clubs, sporting codes and all levels of government.

This year, the inclusion of primary and secondary level projects has been included. Primary level projects are those directly influencing participation, e.g. practice facilities, pavilions, playing surface upgrades. Secondary level projects are traditionally known as supporting off-field infrastructure, e.g. storage facilities, scoreboards, shade or shelter.

In order to be eligible for ACIF funding, and in line with the ACIF Guidelines, applicants must amongst other things demonstrate:

  • Tenant Club/Association is compliant with, or at a minimum, completed Step 1 of Australian Cricket’s Child Safety Framework.
  • The project aligns to the CNSW Infrastructure Strategy, found here.
  • Junior format crease markings/identifiers are included within any proposed pitch upgrades, replacement and/or installation on ovals and/or training net design.
  • The scope of works complies with Cricket Australia’s Community Cricket Facility Guidelines.

Round 1 for 2021-22 will open 11 October 2021, 9:00am and close 14 November 2021, 11:59pm.

Please contact your local cricket contact to discuss your project.


ACIF | Grassroots Cricket Fund (GCF)

The Grassroots Cricket Fund, a partnership through which Australian cricketers will contribute funding towards community cricket projects, will also contribute up to $1 million to the ACIF during 2019. 

Further information on the Grassroots Cricket Fund can be found on the MyCricket website.


Strategic Cricket Infrastructure Funding (SCIF)

The SCIF category of the ACIF aims to deliver on the strategic priorities of Australian Cricket through the support of key facility projects. 

Projects submitted to the Strategic Cricket Infrastructure Funding category will:

  • Provide benefits to the cricket community;
  • Contribute to increasing participation across a broader area or region;
  • Involve multiple stakeholders and contributors;
  • Deliver outcomes against Australian Cricket’s strategic priorities (e.g. leading sport for women and girls, create the best experiences to grow junior cricket etc.)

The project can relate to any aspect of the facility, with multi-faceted projects that incorporate the addition and/or upgrade of multiple components within a facility being highly regarded.

Subject to available funding, applications are open year-round and by invitation only.  Interest applicants must initially discuss their project with their local Cricket NSW Cricket Manager to determine whether the project is 1) eligible for funding, and 2) ready to be submitted for consideration.

For more information on the ACIF Strategic Cricket Infrastructure category, click here.


Grassroots Cricket Fund – Volunteer & Equipment Grant

The Australian Cricketers Association invest $30million of their own money to support grassroots cricket through the establishment of the Grassroots Cricket Fund (GCF). This season the fund is here to help ensure clubs & centres are supported to enable the development of their volunteers and the purchase of equipment to support playing, training and other operating requirements. 

The next round of the GCF will open Monday 25 October 2021, 12.00pm (AEDT) and close Sunday 14 November 2021, 11.59pm (AEDT).

For more information on the GCF and to submit an application, please click here.


Sport NSW - Grants Schedule Summary

Sport NSW monitors these available grants with the view to sharing the information with our member State Sporting Organisations, State Sporting Organisations with a Disability and Local Councils. The full summary of all grants available throughout the year can be downloaded here. 

Current Grants 

Community Building Partnership Program

The NSW Government is investing in infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes while promoting community participation, inclusion & cohesion.

In 2020. There is a maximum of $300,000 allocated to each state electorate. Applicants can apply for grants between $2,500 & $300,000. As a guide, the average grant awarded is approximately $20,000.

Community Building Partnership Program is now closed. 


Local Sport Grant Program

The Local Sport Grant Program aims to increase regular and ongoing participation opportunities in sport and active recreation in NSW. Sport and active recreation is important, contributing significantly to our health, economy, social wellbeing and the liveability of our cities and communities. 

The Local Sports Grant funding is available across all electorates in NSW.

Local Sport Grant Program is now closed.


Infrastructure Grants (previously ClubGRANTS Category 3)

The NSW Government offers grants to communities across NSW to support the building, renovation and fit-out of infrastructure. Funding is available for arts and cultural infrastructure, sport and recreation infrastructure and projects that assist communities with essential infrastructure and disaster readiness.

Infrastructure Grants are made possible through the NSW Government’s ClubGRANTS Category 3 Fund, which reinvests a contribution from the state’s registered clubs gaming machine profits back into community projects. 

Infrastructure Grants are now closed. 


Local Sport Defibrillator Grant

The Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program allocates $4 million over four years to assist sporting clubs across NSW in the purchase and maintenance of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). Sporting organisations and councils will be able to choose from a panel of approved AED Panel Service Providers and a variety of AED packaged services with the level of customer service that meets their needs.

Applicants can receive between $1,250 & $1,900 in funding. For more information, please click here.

Local Sport Defibrillator Grant is now closed.


Jetstar Flying Start 

Entry is open to not-for-profit community groups and organisations of any size, across Australia, to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community. Entries are ongoing.  

For more information, please click here.


Website Build and Match Fund Grant

This program is to help charities organisations to establish or redevelop its website, with the aim of boosting digital presence and maximising fundraising efforts. Funding is available for 100% of the strategy, design, build and launch for a new feature-rich website, delivered by – and first $1,000 raised through new website will be matched.


Cricket NSW Grants and Funding Webinar - 6 October 2021