Small grants to improve cricket grounds

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Cricket clubs in the Dispatch district and the rest of Nottinghamshire have been alerted to a new grants scheme that could improve their grounds and facilities.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Cricket Trust is offering small grants of between £1,000 and £4,000 to affiliated clubs.

The idea of the grants scheme is to supports investment in the following areas:

Insulation (roof and/or walls), double glazing, energy-efficient heating systems (for example, boilers or radiators), solar panel electricity (photovoltaic) systems or solar water heating systems, eneregy-efficient lighting, rainwater harvesting/conservation systems, including water collection systems, reduced tap-flow devices (for example, self-closing taps), mobile covers, flat-sheet covers or water-removal equipment, and also flood-defence measures.

Interested clubs will need to contribute a minimum of 10% of the total costs of the project, and organisations who benefited from the same scheme in 2013 will not be eligible this year.

The applications will be judged by the Notts Cricket Board, which says grants will be awarded to “clubs who demonstrate the greatest need”.

Says a Notts Cricket Board spokesman: “Please make sure you read and understand the scheme’s criteria before applying.

“The deadline for applications is Monday 19th May at 5 pm.”

The small grants scheme is part of the ECB’s determination to flow revenue from Test and county cricket into the sport at grassroots level.

More details, including application forms, are available from the nottscricket.co.uk website or from Keith Tongue at Trent Bridge cricket ground.