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ECB Return to Cricket Scheme

The Return to Cricket Grant Scheme aims to provide cricket clubs and leagues with assistance in exceptional circumstances, where other potential sources of financial support are not available, e.g. constitutionally a loan is not an option or there is a high risk of default in paying back a loan.

Who can apply?

  • Clubs that are prevented from taking out an Emergency Loan by their own constitution or articles 
  • Cricket leagues (open-age or junior)
  • Clubs that have an annual turnover of less than £15,000

What will the scheme fund?

Clubs and leagues can apply for:

  • Utility or service costs
  • Rental charges
  • Staff costs (employees – not coaches or players)
  • Cleaning or maintenance commitments
  • IT licences
  • Security
  • Insurance
  • Equipment orders that can’t be deferred or recovered
  • TV / Broadband subscriptions (where it is not suspended)
  • Affiliations
  • Any other reasonable fixed and / or contracted costs

How much grant can I apply for?

Clubs with an adult Section only up to £1,000.

Leagues (open-age or junior) up to £2,000.

Clubs with a junior section (including All Stars Cricket / Dynamos Cricket) up to £3,000.

How do I apply?

Clubs and Leagues need to contact gary.wallis-tayler@sussexcricket.co.uk

Before considering an application, it is highly recommended that clubs and leagues read the Return to Cricket Grant Scheme guidance notes to determine if they are eligible to apply.

Where do I go for help?

If cricket clubs or leagues have any questions about the Return to Cricket Grant Scheme please read the frequently asked questions or contact the ECB facilities help desk by emailing grantmanagement@ecb.co.uk.

ECB Emergency Loan Scheme

The ECB Emergency Loan Scheme aims to support affiliated cricket cubs during the COVID-19 crisis by providing funding to assist clubs to cover any shortfall in essential day-to-day running and maintenance costs until normal recreational cricket activity can be resumed.

Who can apply?

Clubs affiliated to their County Cricket Board in 2019 or 2020.

What will the scheme fund?

ECB will consider applications for costs for a period of up to 12 months. Clubs should calculate estimated shortfall in the following expenditure areas:

  • Utility or service Costs
  • Rental charges
  • Staff costs (employees – not coaches or players)
  • Cleaning or maintenance commitments
  • IT licences
  • Security
  • Insurance
  • Equipment orders that can’t be deferred or recovered
  • TV / Broadband subscriptions (where it is not suspended)
  • Affiliations
  • Any other reasonable fixed and / or contracted costs

How much loan can I apply for?

Club with a junior section (including All Stars Cricket / Dynamos Cricket) between £1,000 and £5,000.

Club with an adult section only between £1,000 and £3,000.

How do I apply?

Clubs apply by clicking here.

Before applying, it is highly recommended clubs read the Emergency Loan Scheme guidance notes.

Where do I go for help?

If cricket clubs have any questions about the Emergency Loan Scheme please read the frequently asked questions or contact the facilities help desk by emailing loans@ecb.co.uk.

Club Development Planning

For any cricket club, planning for the future is essential to ensuring the sustainability of the club. Our staff are on hand to help with any guidance on any area of recreational cricket. As an affiliated club to Sussex Cricket, we ask that your club completes a Club Development Plan, which will enable us to better support your club and aid us in pointing you in the right direction to achieve your priorities. 

Please be aware that access to any ECB and SCF funding is reliant on your club having submitted a Club Development Plan to your Territory Manager. 

You can find the template for the Club Development Plan here. 

Spen Cama Foundation

"Applications to the Spen Cama Cricket Trust for 2020 have no closed. Clubs who have applied for funding to the scheme will be notified of the outcome in due course". 

"Should you have any questions regarding Spen Cama or any other funding topic please contact your Territory Manager".

ECB Funding

The ECB and the SCF will shortly be announcing a change to the way funding is administered in Sussex. If you have any projects on the horizon that you will be requiring funding for please contact your Territory Manager to ensure you have everything place for this.

Defibrillators

The Club Cricket Charity and ECB is delighted to announce that the Second Phase of its Defibrillator Supply project is now available to cricket clubs and organisations

The offer is for the supply of a portable AED unit at a cost of £500, or, if required, the unit and a self-monitoring mounted cabinet for £915. The Club Cricket Charity will pay the difference on behalf of ECB. This highly discounted offer includes training, insurance cover for loss or damage as well as personal liability, stress counselling post event, and registration with local emergency services.

The offer is fulfilled by The Community Heartbeat Trust under their ‘Managed Solution’ scheme which was successfully deployed during 2018 with 104 clubs and teams receiving portable units.

A cardiac arrest (the stoppage of the heart muscle) can be triggered by many factors: a heart attack; an undiagnosed heart condition; a ball hitting batsman or fielder in the chest or on the head. It can affect any age group from teenage to pensioner, and all between; player and spectator alike. This can be fatal if treatment is not commenced within five minutes of the collapse of the patient. 

Many cricket teams play on cricket fields where professional help may not arrive within this very short timescale, but there is a potential solution by using the portable defibrillator - which gives an electric shock to ‘reboot’ the heart - whilst awaiting professional help. 

The unit is designed to be extremely easy to use with a screen on the front of the machine showing how to use it, and a voice to explain each step of the treatment.  Full training of chosen personnel is part of the offer, either at your club or in the local community.

The wall mounted cabinet is the latest design which automatically monitors and remotely reports the readiness of the unit for use while also recording its usage.

We all hope that this piece of equipment never needs to be used, but there is ample evidence that it saves lives.   

To reply to this offer please initially send a request for an application form to enquiries@theclubcricketcharity.org giving the name of your club and its rough location.  The process should take no more than three weeks to fulfil for delivery, then an appointment will be arranged for the training session.