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EWCT Interest Free Loan Scheme

The England and Wales Cricket Trust (EWCT) Interest Free Loan Scheme provides finance to clubs for capital projects to help them build and ensure a sustainable future.

All scheme applicants must demonstrate that funds will be used to benefit the general community and not just a small group.

Who can apply?

  • All ECB affiliated cricket clubs
  • Other organisations that can evidence achievement/delivery of the EWCT’s charitable aims

ECB Clubmark registration or accreditation is not a requirement when applying.

What projects are eligible?

Buildings:

  • Changing room development
  • Clubhouse renovation
  • Social area development
  • Machinery store
  • Score box
  • Improvement in car parking facilities (for cricket purposes only)
  • CCTV/security shutters (specifically to protect cricket buildings)
  • Outdoor lighting (for security purposes)
  • Energy consumption/saving systems
  • Water consumption/saving systems
  • Flood defence measures

Equipment purchase:

  • Machinery
  • Covers
  • Sightscreens
  • Scoreboard
  • Mobile net cages
  • Security/protection (perimeter fencing/ball stop netting)

Fine turf:

  • Square
  • Outfield
  • Drainage/irrigation
  • Flood defence measures

Want to know more? Have a look at ECB’s technical guidance on fine turf.

Land purchase:

  • For cricketing purposes only

Non-turf:

  • Non-turf practice facilities
  • Match play pitches

Want to know more? Have a look at ECB’s technical guidance and list of ECB approved non-turf pitch systems and suppliers.

How to apply

  1. Download and read the EWCT Interest Free Loan Scheme guidance notes (PDF)
  2. Can you answer yes to the following questions?
    a) Is your club/organisation eligible to apply to the scheme?
    b) Is the project you are considering eligible?
  3. If yes to both, download, complete and return the expression of interest form (MS Word)

How much can be applied for?

  • Cricket clubs with a junior section* – £1,000 - £50,000
  • Cricket clubs without a junior section – £1,000 - £20,000
  • Other organisations – subject to application

* A cricket club with a junior section is defined as “a cricket club that offers appropriate coaching and competition to cricketers under the age of 18 years”.

How much partnership funding is required?

A minimum of 10% partnership funding is required from the applicant.

About the England and Wales Cricket Trust

The EWCT supports community participation in cricket as a means of promoting and improving health – which is a charitable purpose.

In addition, the EWCT promotes work to improve provision of cricket in schools, clubs and other youth cricket activities. Activities funded by the EWCT must benefit the wider community, not just a small group or elite. This is a primary obligation of an applicant when applying for the funds provided by EWCT.

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