Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund (ACIF)Overview
This program aims to provide funding for community cricket facility projects, with a focus on growing participation and promoting accessibility and inclusivity. It is a partnership between Cricket Australia and Territory Cricket Associations and the Australian Cricketers’ Association which is aimed at developing high quality facilities that provide a welcoming environment for all players, officials, volunteers and fans.
The objectives of the program are to:
- Improve the quantity, quality, innovation and consistency of cricket infrastructure across all levels of community cricket.
- Support the development of community cricket facilities that contribute to the delivery of Australian Cricket’s strategic priorities.
- Support cricket facility development in areas of demand, particularly areas of significant participation and population growth.
- Create inclusive and accessible environments for cricket participants and the broader community.
- Collaborate with all levels of government and funding partners to invest in strategic infrastructure priorities.
There are two categories of funding available:
- Minor grants: Between $1,000 and $10,000 (Up to 50% of the total project cost)
- Major grants: Between $10,001 and $50,000 (Up to 50% of the total project cost)
Applications for more than $50,000 will be considered on a case-by-case basis under the Strategic Cricket Infrastructure Funding category. In addition to aligning to the funding conditions, projects under this category will generally be multi-faceted and provide a broad regional benefit for cricket. Applicants are advised to contact the State Infrastructure Manager in their State or Territory to discuss any proposals for this category.
Applicants must submit their applications to their relevant State or Territory Cricket Association. The 2019-20 funding round dates are:
- Cricket New South Wales: Closes 17 November 2019
- Cricket Victoria: Opened 28 March and closed 22 April 2019
- Queensland Cricket: Closes 17 January 2020
- South Australian Cricket Association: Closed 18 March 2019
- Western Australian Cricket Association: Opened 1 October and closes 8 November 2019
- Cricket Tasmania: Closed on 3 December 2018
- Northern Territory Cricket: TBA
- Australian Capital Territory Cricket: Closes 29 November 2019
A total funding pool of $4.6 million per annum is available.
Eligible applicants include:
- Facility managers
- Any other organisation with a role as a user or manager of a community cricket facility
Eligible projects include:
- Ovals, including pitches (turf and synthetic)
- Practice facilities
- Change facilities (players and umpires)
- Pavilions and clubrooms
- Amenities that support participation
Please refer to the Guidelines for the specific types of projects of each category.
The main assessment criteria include:
- The proposal supports increased participation in cricket, particularly in priority segments such as junior and female participation. (20%)
- The project scope and method of construction is well defined. (20%)
- The proposal delivers a strong return on investment. (15%)
- The proposal aligns with Australian Cricket and Infrastructure strategic priorities. (15%)
- The proposal is located in an area of participation and/or population growth, or areas with identified current or forecast facility supply deficit/s. (10%)
- The proposal demonstrates support by partners, including local government and other land managers, and confirms financial contributions. (10%)
- The proposal will make a significant difference to the local cricket community. (10%)
The following are ineligible for funding:
- Projects that have already commenced construction
- Sporting equipment (e.g. temporary nets, stumps, covers)
- Routine maintenance works and/or maintenance equipment (e.g. rollers, mowers)
- Temporary facilities (e.g. temporary shade, temporary storage)
- Projects do not focus primarily on community cricket
- Projects where works can be covered by insurance
- Facilities that have been previously funded (unless delivering a new facility component)
- Facilities with no/limited public access