ECB Small Grants Scheme 2018

This outstanding funding scheme is now open to all affiliated clubs in Somerset for 2018.

In 2018, the ECB Small Grant Scheme aims to support the ECB’s national programmes -
Get the Game On, All Stars Cricket, Women’s Cricket and U19 Club T20.

Priority will be given to applications from affiliated Cricket Clubs actively engaged with these programmes. All projects will assist Clubs to make small changes to improve their long-term
sustainability by increasing the number of games played, offering either improved family friendly social facilities, improved changing facilities for women cricketers or enabling great events for the U19 Club T20 competition.

The scheme aims to make an impact in the 2018 season, therefore, the scheme has a quick turn-around time to ensure Clubs get the maximum benefit from the funding.


  • All affiliated Cricket Clubs (subject to CCB support)

  • Get the Game On – open to all affiliated Cricket Clubs
    All Stars Cricket – open to affiliated Cricket Clubs registered for the 2018 programme
    Women’s Cricket – open to affiliated Cricket Clubs actively engaged in women’s cricket (aged 14+) and / or registered for the 2018 Soft Ball programme or other competition
    U19 Club T20 – open to affiliated Cricket Clubs registered for the 2018 competition
  • Clubs will need to have the following:
    Partnership funding (minimum 10%)
    Valid Buildings, Contents & Public Liability Insurance
    Security of Tenure –freehold, leasehold or rental agreement (for a minimum of one year)
  • Clubs which received an award from the EWCT Small Grant Scheme 2017 can reapply in 2018, however, they cannot apply for the same project theme (i.e. Covers).

Project Themes:

Clubs should choose one project theme only.

Clubs can apply for funding towards the purchase of relevant products or materials, and associated professional labour costs, under the following project themes:

  • Covers – supporting Get the Game On
    Mobile covers
    Flat sheet covers
    Bowlers run-up and side sheets
    Replacement cover tops
    Water removal equipment (only when combined with the purchase of covers)

  • Family Friendly Facilities – supporting All Stars Cricket
    Social space – furniture / decoration / flooring / patio / decking / heating / glazing
    Toilet facilities - sanitary ware / tiling / flooring / baby changing facilities
    Catering – kitchen units / appliances / professional catering equipment / BBQ
    Lighting - internal / external / signage / car park
  • Improved Changing Facilities for Females – supporting Women’s Cricket
    Create individual shower spaces with drying areas
    Improved toilet provision – sanitary ware / tiling / flooring
    Decoration / mirrors / hand dryers / grooming points
    Personal possession lockers
  • Great Events – supporting U19 Club T20
    Catering – kitchen units / appliances / professional catering equipment / BBQ
    Outdoor social space – outdoor furniture / patio / decking
    PA equipment / sound system
    Electronic scoreboard

Project Quotations

Clubs are required to submit two official ‘like for like’ quotations (from different Suppliers) with the application. ECB will accept a print out from a Supplier’s website for straightforward purchases.
If a quotation includes multiple items or options, the preferred items, size and quantity must be highlighted.
Where available, use the ‘shopping basket’ facility. All quotes must be clearly legible, contain Supplier details, project / purchase details and full price including VAT and delivery.
It is notsufficient for Clubs to write their own ‘quotation’ by just listing prices or providing a web link.
It is in all Clubs’ interest to shop-around for quotations before submitting the application. The cheapest option may not necessarily be the best for your needs. Choose the quotation that offers you the best value for money. If purchasing furniture, kitchen appliances or catering equipment, consider if the items are suitable or robust enough for Club usage.
The award offer will be based on the quotation from the Club’s preferred supplier. This information will be written in to the contract Offer Letter. 

Ineligible Projects

Please see below a list of projects that are ineligible for funding under the Scheme:

• Large scale pavilion and communal changing facility projects (over £20k)
• Any project already in receipt of an award from the ECB or EWCT capital funding programmes (excludes the EWCT Interest Free Loan Scheme).
• Floodlights
• Roofing
• Marquees
• Sheds / storage containers
• Second hand mobile covers

Amount of Award and Partnership Funding

The minimum award under the Scheme is set at £1000.00, with the maximum funding available of £4000.00 per project.

There must be a minimum of 10% partnership funding contributed from the Club.

To obtain the minimum £1000 award, the project cost must be £1,111 (orabove) to allow for the Club’sminimum 10% partnership funding contribution, forexample:

  • Total Project Cost = £1,111
  • Partnership Funding (min10%) = £111
  • Award = £1,000

How to apply

The Scheme will be open for applications to the Somerset Cricket Board from:
Monday 18th December 2018.

To download an application form and apply for funding under the Scheme, please Click Here

Please return your completed application form and two associated quotations by email to Brian Hoyle at: 

For further information and to download the Guidance notes for Clubs document, please Click Here

The SCB would advise clubs to consider all of the points detailed in the above Guidance document, before submitting their application.

The closing date for applications to the Somerset Cricket Board is:
Friday 23rd February 2018.

Following this the SCB will meet to consider all affiliated club applications and submit to the ECB all successful funding projects by:
Friday 23rd March.

For further information regarding the All Stars Cricket Programme, please click here.

For further information regarding Women's Cricket, please click here.

For further information regarding the U19 Club T20, please click here.

If you would like any further information regarding the Scheme please contact Brian Hoyle at: 

We will look forward to receiving applications from all of our affiliated clubs.