EWCT Small Grant Scheme 2013
Following the opening of the England & Wales Cricket Trust (EWCT) Small Grant Scheme (SGS) 2013, we have received a number of enquiries regarding specific project eligibility, the following should provide some clarification.
1. The EWCT SGS 2013 is designed to align with the National Club Strategy and focuses mainly on Sustainability supporting clubs in time for the 2013 Season.
2. The EWCT wants to encourage clubs to think more proactively about the small changes they can make to the running of their club that will have a positive impact on reducing running costs, saving money and help sustain the club for many years to come.
3. One of the key drivers of the National Club Strategy is to reduce the operating costs at clubs; hence applications to the Scheme for more efficient gas, electricity and water management are particularly welcomed and could include double glazing, a new boiler or rainwater harvesting.
4. In light of the issues caused by the extremes of weather in 2012, which saw both drought and flooding, equipping clubs to cope with better management of matches is also a key theme. The EWCT is keen to support applications for covers and products such as Waterhogs. In poor weather using covers effectively in the lead up to and during matches increases the likelihood of matches being played, allows cricket clubs to put on more matches, increases club income and ensures players play regularly throughout the season.
Clubs should view the ‘Sustainable Clubs’ animation on the ECB website at www.ecb.co.uk/sustainableclubs. The short animation highlights the changes that clubs might consider when looking to improve their club and ways to increase income and make savings.
The EWCT recognises that many leagues stipulate that cricket clubs must have sightscreens as part of their ground criteria; however the absence of sightscreens does not lead to the abandonment of matches, loss of income or players not being able to play cricket. Therefore to be flexible and respond to the enquiries received, sightscreens will be accepted as an eligible project. However, the LCB wish to reinforce the Sustainability theme.
Machinery and Electronic Scoreboards
For the avoidance of doubt, Machinery and Electronic Scoreboards are NOT ELIGIBLE for the EWCT SGS13. Clubs in desperate need should consider the EWCT Interest Free Loan Scheme, details of which can be found at www.ecb.co.uk/funding. The EWCT however may consider Machinery, but only in very exceptional circumstances.
Guidance Notes for Cricket Clubs (148 Kb)
EWCT SGS Application Form (130 Kb)
Paul Bryson (Clubs & Leagues Manager)