Expression of Interest: County Grant Fund
The County Grants Fund aims to support affiliated Cricket Clubs to apply for between £1,000 and £10,000 to deliver sustainable projects in the following three areas:
• Creating Welcoming Environments
• Providing Enhanced Facilities and Playing Opportunities for Women’s and Girls’ Cricket and / or Disability Cricket
• Tackling Climate Change

This form will help us to determine whether your project is eligible, your readiness to proceed and the benefits to cricket locally. It will also enable us to support you with a full application at the relevant time, or to signpost you to other funding opportunities as appropriate.

To proceed with submitting your Expression of Interest, please enter your email address below, read the all Key Information documents / guidance notes, confirm your eligibility criteria and complete all required sections below.
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Email *
Club Name *
Club Main Contact Name *
This must be an Officer of the Club who is responsible for this project
Club Main Contact Telephone *
This must be an Officer of the Club who is responsible for this project
Club Main Contact Email *
This must be an Officer of the Club who is responsible for this project
Key Information
Please read the following guidance notes to familiarise yourself with the Fund and its objectives / parameters:
• ECB County Grant Fund Guidance Notes
https://resources.ecb.co.uk/ecb/document/2021/07/19/99bb6940-eed9-4372-b78a-e2b08e287ee1/County-Grants-Fund-Guidance-V5.pdf


To assist clubs in identifying where they may need to improve their facilities and to demonstrate why a project is needed, ECB have also produced a ‘Creating Welcoming Environments’ resource.
The CWE guide includes some useful self-assessment documents, which can be found below:

• Creating Welcoming Environments Guide:
https://www.ecb.co.uk/be-involved/club-support/creating-welcoming-environments#:~:text=Developed%20as%20part%20of%20a,future%20generations%20through%20cricket%20activity.

• ECB Facilities Review Checklist
https://resources.ecb.co.uk/ecb/document/2021/07/13/3f3f54ec-c602-48d7-bef6-d0d365df5e79/ECB-Facilities-Review-Checklist-59-.pdf

• ECB Facilities Survey
https://resources.ecb.co.uk/ecb/document/2021/07/13/decb79fc-24b0-4ae9-9f80-7e25ed499556/ECB-Facilities-Survey-98-.pdf
I confirm I have read and understood the following where appropriate for my project: *
Please select all that apply
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Which theme does this project fall under? *
Please note only one topic area can be chosen
Have you read the County Grant Fund Guidance Notes and confirm that your Club is eligible to apply for the above theme? *
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Application Eligibility Criteria
The following eligibility criteria must be met for an application to proceed, however we appreciate that not everything may be in place already and our team will support you through this process as required:

To qualify for access to the County Grant Fund, Clubs must:
o Have paid their LCF Affiliation Fee for 2021 (or must do so prior to an application proceeding)
o Have returned their Club Audit for 2021 (or must do so prior to an application proceeding)
o Be Safe Hands compliant on the Safe Hands Management System
*please note that non-Clubmark clubs will be asked for evidence that the Club Safeguarding Officer and other volunteers working in roles with children have the necessary safeguarding and vetting checks in place prior to an application proceeding
o Ensure all signatories are an Officer of the Cricket Club
o Submit their application with one of the Chair, VC or Treasurer as one of the two applicants
o Ensure individual email accounts and not generic email accounts are used to register on IMS
o Not use any part of this funding to cover professional fees (applications will not be accepted from bid writers).
*please note that support is available free of charge direct from Lancashire Cricket Foundation’s Cricket Development Officers
My Club is eligible and willing to proceed as follows: *
Please select all that apply
Already in place
Yet to be completed
Is ECB Safe Hands Compliant - via SHMS
Is Safe Hands Compliant - not via SHMS but can evidence this
Has paid LCF 2021 Affiliation Fee
Has returned the LCF 2021 Club Audit
All signatories/applicants will be Club Officers
Please give a brief outline the project plan (max 300 words), including why it is needed and what impact you are looking to achieve within your chosen timeframe *
Does the Club already have the following already in place ready to use / ready for review? *
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Do you have any of the following already in place in preparation for the project? *
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Thank you for your interest in the County Grant Fund. By pressing SUBMIT, this information will be collated by Lancashire Cricket Foundation and be used to assess your project eligibility and priority. We will contact you within 7 days with an initial response.
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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