A helping hand
Community Sport Infrastructure Fund
The Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is a Victorian Government funding program that helps provide high quality, accessible community sport and recreation facilities across Victoria.
The Community Sports Infrastructure Fund provides grants for planning, building new, and improving existing facilities where communities conduct, organise and participate in sport and recreation. There are seven categories of facilities funding that can be accessed by local government authorities (councils).
Cricket Victoria, Cricket Australia and the Victorian Government through the Community Cricket Programs: On Common Ground partnership, offer one category accessible for cricket specific projects:
Cricket Facilities - Grants of up to $100,000 are available to assist local councils, cricket associations and local cricket clubs to upgrade and develop cricket specific club infrastructure including new buildings, grounds, and training facilities.
Cricket clubs are also encouraged to liaise with their local council about upgrading pavilions and change rooms to better cater for female cricket through:
Female Friendly Facilities - Grants of up to $100,000 are available to build new and upgrade existing, outdated change facilities at sports clubs around the state that cater for female sport, with a focus on promoting female and family friendly environments.
Important Note: Only local councils can submit applications directly to Sport and Recreation Victoria. Cricket clubs and associations wishing to discuss a project should contact their local council who will provide further advice.
For more information on the Community Sport Infrastructure Fund please click here.
Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program
The Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program provides Victorian sporting clubs with the opportunity to acquire an automated external defibrillator (also known as an 'AED') for their club or sports facility.
Successful applicants receive an 'Automated External Defibrillator Package'. The package includes a high-quality defibrillator, some basic training and a minimum of five years of essential maintenance. This package will be provided by a qualified contractor engaged by the Department of Health and Human Services.
For more information or to apply, please click here.
Cricket Victoria offer several grants programs on an annual basis including the Club Capacity and Workforce Develop Grants, and the National Community Facilities Funding Scheme.
To be notified when grants are open for application, you can subscribe to the club and association e-newsletter here.
VicHealth Access to Drinking Water in Community Sport Grants
Victorian Sporting Clubs are being encouraged to provide access to free drinking water. Drinking water, instead of sugar drinks, is not only better for our health, but important for hydration during and after playing sport.
Cricket clubs can apply to receive up to $5,000 to purchase a water bottle refill station with a drinking fountain, including delivery costs. Within this $5,000, you may request a maximum of $500 for marketing, promotional or other publicity activities to help promote your water station to the community.
Applications close on April 28, 2017. For more information and to apply, please click here.
The Victorian Government
The Victorian Government offer a range of grants that support community sport including minor facilities, major facilities, support for individual athletes, emergency equipment and more.