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ECB Emergency Support

 

Clubs and Leagues can apply to new funding schemes to see them through the pandemic.

Cricket Clubs and Leagues are now able to apply to two new funding schemes, the ECB Emergency Loan and the Return to Cricket Grant, specifically designed to help see them through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

This £20 million fund of ECB money is designed to complement other sources of funding from the government, such as the Government’s Small Business Grant Scheme and the Sport England Community Emergency Fund.  Please apply to these sources before considering the ECB Schemes.

The ECB Emergency Loan Scheme aims to support affiliated cricket clubs to cover any shortfall in essential day-to-day running and maintenance costs.  Whereas, the Return to Cricket Grant aims to provide clubs and leagues with assistance in exceptional circumstances e.g. where constitutionally a loan is not a option.

ECB Emergency Loan Scheme

The ECB Emergency Loan Scheme aims to support affiliated cricket cubs during the COVID-19 crisis by providing funding to assist clubs to cover any shortfall in essential day-to-day running and maintenance costs until normal recreational cricket activity can be resumed.

 

Who can apply?

Clubs affiliated to the Gloucestershire Cricket Board in 2019 or 2020.

 

What will the scheme fund?

ECB will consider applications for costs for a period of up to 12 months. Clubs should calculate estimated shortfall in the following expenditure areas:

  • Utility or service Costs
  • Rental charges
  • Staff costs (employees – not coaches or 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 section (including All Stars Cricket / Dynamos Cricket) between £1,000 and £5,000.
  • Club with an adult section only between £1,000 and £3,000.

 

How do I apply?

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

 

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.  For local support, please contact Steve Silk (see bottom of page for contact details).

 

Return to Cricket Grant Scheme

The Return to Cricket Grant Scheme aims to provide cricket clubs and leagues with assistance in exceptional circumstances, where other potential sources of financial support are not available, e.g. constitutionally a loan is not an option or there is a high risk of default in paying back a loan.

 

Who can apply?

  • Clubs that are prevented from taking out an Emergency Loan by their own constitution or articles
  • Cricket leagues (open-age or junior)
  • Clubs that have an annual turnover of less than £15,000

 

What will the scheme fund?

Clubs and leagues can apply for:

  • Utility or service costs
  • Rental charges
  • Staff costs (employees – not coaches or 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 grant can I apply for?

  • Clubs with an adult Section only up to £1,000
  • Leagues (open-age or junior) up to £2,000
  • Clubs with a junior section (including All Stars Cricket / Dynamos Cricket) up to £3,000

 

How do I apply?

Clubs and Leagues need to contact the Gloucestershire Cricket Board to discuss the clubs situation and potential eligibility.

Before considering an application, it is highly recommended that clubs and leagues read the Return to Cricket Grant Scheme guidance notes to determine if they are eligible to apply.

 

Where do I go for help?

If cricket clubs or leagues have any questions about the Return to Cricket Grant Scheme please read the frequently asked questions or contact the ECB facilities help desk by emailing grantmanagement@ecb.co.uk. For local support, please contact Steve Silk (see below).

League Emergency Loan Scheme

The ECB 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 season 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 grant can I 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?

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. 

For local support, please contact:

Steve Silk

Chief Executive

Mobile – 07554 452228

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