There are a number of funding pots available to club cricket at present to help with the impact of coronavirus.
In partnership with the Yorkshire Cricket Board, I thought I’d outline some of those and provide links so cricket clubs can find out more and apply, if it fits their situation.
Sport England Community Emergency Fund
Cricket clubs are eligible for this Community Emergency Fund which helps community sport experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Applications are for between £300 and £10,000.
**Crucially, cricket clubs should only apply if they aren’t eligible/successful with government funding sources.
It will cover: maintenance, utility bills, rent, insurance, facility/equipment hire, core staff and retrospective losses from 1 March.
It won’t fund: Activities/costs already covered by other government funding – an example would be rates – which clubs should apply for via their local authority).
Cricket Club Successes in Yorkshire
It’s important to highlight that cricket clubs are succeeding with funding attempts in recent months.
Neil Grant of Acomb CC applied to Sport England three weeks ago for a grant and have recently heard they were successful:
“The key expense that stuck out was around maintaining the ground, including our loyal and wonderful groundsman, Dave Tute who offered to work for nothing, petrol and machinery upkeep – as we had been told by the ECB to keep maintaining the ground in lockdown, March/April being important months for prep.”
With guidance from the Yorkshire Premier League North, the ECB and Rich Wilkinson from YCB, Neil felt he had a good case and provided a copy of last year’s accounts along with the scenarios he had come up with upfront rather than wait to be asked for them.
His verdict: “The guidance from Sport England is really clear and straightforward. It was pretty painless and obviously worthwhile as we were successful.”
That positivity was echoed by Thornton Le Moor CC: “It was a really easy process, only took 10-15 minutes to complete the application. We had a decision back from Sport England a week later. They awarded us £100 more than we had asked for and it was paid into our account this week.”
Government – Business support
There are government initiatives that cricket clubs can tap into. If your cricket club employs bar staff or could benefit from VAT deferral then it’s worth looking into.
Some cricket clubs in Yorkshire have had successful applications for Government Business relief. This Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF) is being delivered by Local Authorities.
The ECB Emergency Loan Scheme is designed to support clubs affiliated to the Yorkshire Cricket Board in either 2019 or 2020.
- A club with a junior section (including All Stars Cricket / Dynamos Cricket) can borrow between £1,000 and £5,000.
- A club with an adult section only can take out a loan between £1,000 and £3,000.
Some examples of what the fund covers includes: Insurance, staff costs, insurance, security or broadband. It’s recommended that you read the Guidance Notes first.
ECB Return to Cricket Grant Scheme
The Return to Cricket Grant Scheme is intended to provide cricket clubs and leagues with support in exceptional circumstances, where other potential sources of financial support are not possible.
That might be if 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?
- Utility or service costs
- Rental charges
- Staff costs (employees – not coaches or players)
- Cleaning or maintenance commitments
- IT licences
- Equipment orders that can’t be deferred or recovered
- TV / Broadband subscriptions (where it is not suspended)
- Any other reasonable fixed and / or contracted costs
How much 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.
**NEW** As of 7 May 2020
There is also a League Emergency Loan Scheme which aims to help open-age and junior cricket leagues through this crisis with the provision of interest-free loans.
A league can apply for up to £50,000 and it will cover cost of cricket balls plus certain unrecoverable costs (over £2,000).
Get in touch with the Yorkshire Cricket Board
The options and restrictions to each funding stream can be overwhelming (I had serious brain fade trying to wrap my head around it all).
My advice? Contact your Head of Region at the Yorkshire Cricket Board if you’re trying to make sense of it all. They’re well versed in unwrapping the detail and are keen to help.
Richard Wilkinson – r[email protected]
James Martin – [email protected]
Gareth Davis – [email protected]
Steve Archer – [email protected]
**This is a sponsored article for Yorkshire Cricket Board – if the mood takes you, click to read Cricket Yorkshire’s policy on sponsored content**
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