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ECB Small Grants Scheme

The ECB Small Grants Scheme is available to all affiliated clubs in Somerset. The Scheme will have a changed format for 2018-2019 incorporating two separate funding streams. The first will cover funding targeted at the Cricket World Cup 2019 and the second will be linked directly to the ECB ‘Get the Game on’ campaign.

ECB Small Grants Scheme funding 

The ECB Small Grants Scheme for 2018-2019 will take the format of two individual schemes.

The first of these schemes will be linked directly to the Cricket World Cup 2019 and is currently available for clubs to apply.

The second of the schemes is linked directly to the ECB ‘Get the Game on’ campaign and is now open for clubs to apply.

ECB SGS Fund

What is the offer?

In 2019, the ECB Small Grant Scheme will support the ECB national programme ‘Get the Game
On’. All projects will assist Clubs to improve their long-term sustainability by increasing the
number of games played during the season.

How will clubs apply

Clubs should email their completed application form and accompanying two quotations to:

brian.hoyle@somersetcricketboard.org 

The ECB SGS application form can be accessed here: ECB SGS Application Form

Clubs are required to submit two official ‘like for like’ quotations with the application (from different
Suppliers). These can be obtained by contacting the Suppliers direct or, alternatively, ECB will also
accept a print out or screenshot from a Supplier’s website.

If a quotation includes multiple items or options, the preferred items, size and quantity must be
highlighted. All quotes must be legible, contain Supplier details, project details and full price including
VAT and delivery. It is not acceptable for Clubs to write their own ‘quotation’ by just listing prices or
to provide web links.
The award offer will be based on the quotation from the Club’s preferred supplier.

In addition we recommend that clubs pay particular attention to the ECB SGS Guidance Notes for Clubs.

This document provides full information and guidance for clubs looking to apply to the scheme.

What are the project themes and eligible projects?

The project themes are aimed at helping clubs to improve their long-term sustainability by increasing the
number of games played during the season.

Clubs can apply for funding towards the purchase of the following products:
• New mobile covers
• Flat sheet covers
• Bowlers run-up and / or side sheet covers
• Replacement cover tops
• Water removal equipment (only when combined with the purchase of covers)

How much can clubs apply for?

Awards will be between £1,000 and £4,000 per application.

The award may not be used to retrospectively fund projects.

A minimum 10% contribution will be required from the Club.

This Partnership funding contribution is the difference between the project cost and the amount of the award. It can be
sourced from Club funds, other grant bodies or sponsorship etc.

To obtain the minimum £1,000 award, the total project cost must be £1,112 (or above) to allow for the
Club’s minimum 10% partnership funding contribution, for example:
Total project / purchase cost: = £1,112
Partnership funding (min 10%): = £ 112 (rounded up to nearest pound)
Award: = £1,000

Partnership funding may also be provided by way of a loan from the EWCT Interest Free Loan Scheme.
Please direct Clubs to www.ecb.co.uk/loans for further information.

Which clubs are eligible?

The scheme is open to all Affiliated Cricket Clubs in Somerset.

All Clubs will need to have the following:

• Partnership Funding (minimum of 10% contribution from the club)
• A Constitution
• Valid Buildings, Contents & Public Liability Insurance
• Security of Tenure – Leasehold, Freehold or Rental Agreement (minimum one year)

Note: Clubs will not be required to submit copies of the documents with the application, however,
the ECB reserves the right to request further evidence from the Club to support this information, if
necessary, at any stage during the process.

Any Club which received an award from the ECB Small Grant Scheme 2018 for covers under the
project theme ‘Get the Game On’ is not eligible to reapply in 2019.

When is the closing date for the Scheme?

The closing date for Clubs to submit their application to the Somerset Cricket Board for consideration is:

Friday 31st May 2019

The Somerset Cricket Board will then submit all successful applications to the ECB for approval by:

Friday 21st June 2019

Cricket World Cup Club Fund

What is the offer?

Clubs can apply for a fixed grant of £1,000 for projects to digitise their Club or improve their catering provision to support their involvement in the Cricket World Cup 2019 events programme.
There is no minimum partnership funding requirement.
Projects must range from £1,000 to £10,000 – this range allows for meaningful projects that can achievably be delivered in advance of the Cricket World Cup.

How will Clubs apply?

There is an application form available on the ECB website, along with guidance notes and a FAQ section.
Clubs will complete an application form and send it to ECB, by email (clubfund2019@ecb.co.uk) along with relevant quotes (one per item involved in the project).

Apply here for the ECB CWC Club Fund 2019

What are the project themes and eligible projects?

A) Digitising Your Club
• Installation of broadband and / or WiFi, including routers
• Up to 6 months broadband subscription costs
• Audio / visual equipment including TVs, PA / sound systems and projectors
• Digital Point of Sale (POS) equipment such as card readers, cash tills etc
B) Catering for your events
• Kitchen units, appliances, professional catering equipment, coffee machines, glass washers, BBQs, pizza ovens, bottle coolers, ice cream fridges, slush machines, etc
• Outdoor social areas including patios, decking, furniture

 

Can clubs split the £1,000 across both Digitise and Catering projects?

The short answer is no. We ask clubs to focus around one project theme and think about how this funding can have a meaningful impact on the Club, rather than just what you might spend £1,000 on.
From running similar schemes in the past, we know that most Clubs will develop a project around one theme with a value that greatly exceeds the £1,000 grant (with ‘partnership funding’ coming from the Club, other grants, an ECB interest free loan or ‘in kind’ support). 
Equally, it is fine for Clubs to plan a project that is closer to the value of the grant, it is not mandatory to plan a bigger project, but we encourage you to think strategically to get the best outcome for your club.

Why is the grant fixed at £1,000?

There are several reasons for fixing the Club Fund offer at £1,000:
• Previous Small Grant Schemes have had ‘offers’ ranging from £1,000 to £4,000 and, whilst we have seen an average grant of around £2,500 in recent years, we know that £1,000 represents a reasonable minimum level that allows a Club to build a meaningful project.
• Fixing at the low end of the Small Grant spectrum allows us to reach many more Clubs, engaging the maximum audience in a ‘once in a generation’ year for cricket in England & Wales.
• We know that many Clubs will develop projects that have a total value that is much higher than £1,000 and this partnership funding represents a significant boost to the cricket economy and creates excellent value for the investment we are making into Clubs.
• There is no minimum partnership funding requirement, so the vast majority of Clubs would use the full £1,000 even if it was not fixed.
• If any Clubs do not believe they need the full amount, then it will encourage them to think on a broader basis regarding their Club’s needs and create a bigger project with a more meaningful impact on Club life. If Clubs really do not need a £1,000 grant, then there is no obligation to apply.
• The volume of applications and awards in 2019 will be more than double the amount in recent years. Fixing the grant amount will ensure the most efficient service to Clubs in administering their application and claim.

How can Clubs get partnership funding?

Many Clubs will use funds they have already raised to make improvements to their facilities or use the opportunity of guaranteed ‘seed funding’ to incentivise donations or fundraising for a specific project.
Some elements of the project may be provided ‘in kind’ by Club members or the local community.
We are also offering the option of an EWCT Interest Free Loan and Clubs can access details on this at:
https://www.ecb.co.uk/be-involved/club-support/club-funding/england-wales-cricket-trust-interest-free-loan

Which clubs are eligible?

To be eligible, Clubs will need the following:
• To be affiliated to ECB via the Somerset Cricket Board (CCB) in 2019
• To be registered to the Cricket World Cup Club Programme
• A Constitution
• Valid Buildings, Contents & Public Liability Insurance
• Security of Tenure – Leasehold, Freehold or Rental Agreement (minimum of one year)
All of the above will be self-declared on the application form.

If you require any further information about the ECB Small Grants Scheme please contact Brian Hoyle at:

brian.hoyle@somersetcricketboard.org