Cricket Australia, in partnership with State and Territory Associations, is committed to developing quality facilities that provide a welcoming environment for all participants, officials, volunteers and spectators. The Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund (ACIF) will contribute up to $5 million in 2023/24 into community facility projects, representing Cricket’s continued commitment to infrastructure funding.
This investment has been bolstered by the commitment of additional funding to the ACIF via the Grassroots Cricket Fund (GCF) of $1 million for 2023/24. The GCF is a partnership between the Australian Cricketers' Association and Cricket Australia, with the funding being contributed by Australian cricketers to support cricket in local communities.
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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Who can apply to the ACIF? Clubs, associations, councils, schools, facility managers or any other organisation with a role as a user or manager of a community cricket facility.
- How can I apply for funding from the ACIF? Your relevant state or territory association will announce when they are opening the ACIF for applications. Applications are submitted via an online form.
- What types of projects receive funding from the ACIF? Projects must be focused on growing cricket participation and/or providing welcoming and inclusive environments for all participants. Typical projects include the construction or refurbishment of pitches, ovals, practice facilities, change rooms, pavilions and supporting infrastructure.
- Are there projects that the ACIF doesn't support? The ACIF doesn’t support 1) projects that have already commenced*, 2) sporting equipment (e.g. stumps, balls), 3) routine maintenance or maintenance equipment, 4) temporary facilities, 5) projects not focused on community cricket, 6) projects that can be covered by insurance, 7) previously funded facilities (unless a new facility component), and 8) facilities with no/limited public access.
*The ACIF does not generally support projects that have already commenced construction, however, should circumstances require prior commencement (e.g. the facility has been damaged and requires immediate rectification works) it is recommended applicants contact their State or Territory Infrastructure Manager (or equivalent) to discuss project eligibility.
- What if my project doesn't meet the funding guidelines? Please contact your State or Territory Infrastructure Manager (or equivalent) to discuss how they may be able to assist you to develop your project or seek other funding opportunities.
- How much funding can I apply for? The ACIF has two grant categories relating to the amount of the funding request:
Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund - Minor: $0 - $15,000
Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund - Major: $15,001 - $40,000
*Applications for more than $40,000 for multi-faceted/regionally significant projects will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- When will the ACIF be open for applications? Each State and Territory Association will announce when their ACIF program will be open for applications. Please visit your State or Territory Association website for further information:
- What is the Grassroots Cricket Fund? The Grassroots Cricket Fund is a partnership between The Australian Cricketers' Association and Cricket Australia, with funding being contributed by Australian cricketers to support cricket in local communities. Funding from the Grassroots Cricket Fund will contribute to the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund, as well as providing funding for club equipment through a separate grant program. More information can be found at www.grassrootscricketfund.com.au
All projects submitted to the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund must align with the