England and Wales Cricket Trust Small Grant Scheme 2015, supported by Waitrose – open to applications

ECB_GrantScheme_Banner_Static_Cover_URLThe aim of the ‘EWCT Small Grant Scheme 2015 – Supported by Waitrose’ is to create a sustainable future for affiliated cricket clubs.

The Scheme will support clubs to make small changes to improve their long term sustainability and/or to increase the number of games played.

Funding for the Scheme will come from the EWCT, Sport England and Waitrose.

The Scheme is open to all affiliated Cricket Clubs (subject to County Cricket Board [CCB] support).

Please click on the links below for full guidance notes and an application form.

The closing date for applications is 6th March 2015

Guidance Notes Cricket Clubs

Application Form

NatWest Cricket Club Finance Guide

NatWest have been sponsoring cricket for 30 years and have produced a finance guide which is attached here.
It contains practical, inspiring and informative guidance to help manage and boost community clubs finances.

File Download: NatWest Finance Guide

ECB Grants and Loans

For full details of the current ECB Grant and Loan schemes please click here

Looking for Funding

The attached gives information and web-sites where your club could look for funding.

Approaching the Relevant Funding Organisations
It is important that you chose the correct funding agency(s) for your respective plan/ elements within your plan. Each organisation has its own particular criteria and requirements. It is therefore vital that you make contact with the individual organisation and match your plans to its respective criteria before you compile an application.

File Download: Looking for Funding

Saving Money and Managing resources

The ECB have produced lot’s of useful information and programmes to help clubs save money and manage the resources they have. For more information please click here

Initiatives like NatWest CricketForce that include useful guides, cost savings through official partners, construction college support and templates to help clubs complete the work they need.

Community RePaint

Community RePaint schemes collect reusable, leftover paint and re-distribute it to individuals, families, communities and charities in need, improving the wellbeing of people and the appearance of places across the UK.

Completing a Funding Application

VAL Funding Guide

Voluntary Action Leicester have produced the attached guide to help voluntary and community groups complete funding applications. They also offer workshops to individuals or groups, offering specific support to help you through this process. For more information click here

Putting your application together
Careful planning to ensure your ambitions are realistic and right for your club is essential. The ECB’s Club Development Plan provides a format and procedure, approved by the main Grant Aid providers.

Your plans forms a statement of your future intentions and will demonstrate to funding organisations how your plans will satisfy their requirements adding to cricket provision in your area.’

Tips to Achieving a Successful Application

  • You should demonstrate how your project represents value for money
  • Emphasise your level of need for financial support
  • Make sure your application is honest and request only funds you require
  • Be prepared to undergo a process of monitoring by funding agencies
  • Demonstrate a degree of ‘self help’ – whether in cash or in kind
  • Have contingency plans in the event of a rejected application or a reduced award

File Download: VAL funding guide