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Inspired to Play Grant 2022

A new grant opportunity for clubs.

The Inspired to Play Grant Scheme 2022 aims to increase the number of children (boys and girls aged under 18 years) participating in the game by supporting the delivery of recreational cricket activity for these user groups in England and Wales during the months of June – September 2022

Grants of £1000 are available to affiliated clubs.

Please read the guidance notes that provide detail on the eligible projects/costs and the application process

Submit your club’s applications at:

Inspired to Play

County Grant Scheme

The ECB have now launched the national County Grants Fund. 

The County Grants Fund aims to support affiliated cricket clubs to create welcoming environments, provide enhanced facilities and playing opportunities, and to help clubs tackle the impact of climate change. 

Who can apply? 

The scheme is open to all ECB affiliated cricket clubs in England and Wales. 

What type of projects are eligible? 

  • Creating welcoming environments – open to affiliated cricket clubs registered for All Stars or Dynamos in 2021, or actively involved with women’s and girls’ cricket and / or disability cricket. It is an expectation that any junior programme will include and actively engage with girls.
  • Enhanced facilities and playing opportunities for women’s and girls’ cricket and / or disability cricket – open to affiliated cricket clubs actively engaged in competitive female only cricket.
  • Tackling climate change (supported by Sport England) – Open to any affiliated cricket clubs. 

    How much can be applied for? 

    Clubs can apply for between £1,000 (minimum) and £10,000 (maximum) per application. 

    How to apply 

    Download and read the guidance notes here (PDF). 

    If you are eligible, please discuss your potential project with your Territory Manager before you visit the ECB IMS to register and apply. Your Territory Manager should be aware of your project in advance and it should line up with your previously submitted Club Development Plan. 

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

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

The Spen Cama Charitable Cricket Trust is currently closed to applications. Please contact your Territory Manager for details of projects that may require specific funding for help and guidance.

To find your Territory Manager please visit -