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Emergency support programmes

Emergency support programmes for the recreational game during the coronavirus pandemic.

Financial assistance is available to help Cricket Clubs and Leagues. The ‘Emergency Loan Scheme’ for both Clubs and Leagues has increased the maximum amount that can be loaned and ECB has extended the scheme to run indefinitely and provide longer-term sustainable support.

 

Applications for the ‘Return to Cricket Grant Scheme’ closed on 15 March 2021.

 

Emergency Loan Scheme

The scheme aims to support affiliated Cricket Clubs during the COVID-19 crisis by providing funding to help cover any shortfall in the preparation, essential day-to-day running and maintenance costs of facilities following the resumption of recreational cricket.

 

Who can apply?

Clubs affiliated to their County Cricket Board in 2019 or 2020.

 

What will the scheme fund?

Facilities Preparation Costs:

  • Adapting to comply with COVID-19 guidelines
  • Pitch Renovation

 

Essential Fixed and/or Contracted Costs:

  • Utility or Service Costs
  • Rental charges
  • Staff costs (employees not 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 Section1 (including All Stars Cricket / Dynamos Cricket) between £1,000 and £50,000.

 

Club with an adult section only between £1,000 and £20,000.

 

1A Cricket Club with a Junior Section is defined as a Club that offers appropriate coaching and competition to cricketers under 18 years of age. 

 

How do I apply?

Before applying, it is highly recommended clubs read the Emergency Loan Scheme guidance notes.

 

Clubs apply by clicking here.

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 loans@ecb.co.uk.

 

League Emergency Loan Scheme

The ECB League Emergency Loan Scheme aims to support affiliated cricket leagues (open-age and junior leagues) during the COVID-19 crisis through the provision of interest-free loans.

 

Who can apply?

Open-age and junior leagues affiliated direct to ECB, or a partnership agreement via their County Cricket Board (CCB) or the National Asian Cricket Council (NACC), National Cricket Conference (NCC) or Afro-Caribbean Cricket Association (ACCA) in 2019 or 2020.

 

What will the scheme fund?

The cost of cricket balls, plus, unrecoverable costs above £2,000 in the 2020 and/or 2021 season(s) which may include:

  • The cost of block booking/hire of grounds​
  • The cost associated with the production of league handbooks​
  • The cost of purchase of kit and/or equipment ​
  • The cost of staging events

 

How much loan can a league apply for?

Up to £50,000

If a league requires a loan exceeding this limit, please contact the ECB facilities help desk by emailing loans@ecb.co.uk.

How do I apply?

Leagues should apply by clicking here.

Before applying, it is highly recommended leagues read the League Emergency Loan Scheme guidance notes

 

Where do I go for help?

If leagues have any questions about the League Emergency Loan Scheme please read the frequently asked questions or contact the ECB facilities help desk by emailing loans@ecb.co.uk. 

 

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