Communities throughout Tasmania will reap the rewards from Cricket Australia’s largest ever commitment to constructing and upgrading cricket facilities through the newly formed Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund (ACIF) which is now taking applications.

In line with Cricket Australia’s five-year strategic goal to be the leading participation sport in Australia, the ACIF will provide more than $4.68 million annually (up until 2020-21) to fund improved community cricket infrastructure, with a focus on growing participation and promoting accessibility and inclusivity in Australian cricket.

“The Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund provides an unprecedented opportunity for clubs, associations and local councils in need of upgrading or building new cricket pitches, field and net lighting and female friendly change rooms to get on and plan, fund and build with confidence,” said Chris Garrett, Cricket Operations Manager at Cricket Tasmania.

“We encourage that planning to swing into action as applications from across Tasmania open today and close on Monday 3 December.”

“Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to successful applicants as the ACIF seeks to enhance the quantity and quality of cricket infrastructure across all levels of community cricket.”

The impetus to increase funding for community facilities came from the first ever National Cricket Facility Audit which assessed more than 5,500 sites and 7,000 ovals across the country.

“Due to continued population growth and an increased demand for cricket facilities across Australia, the audit found that an additional 1400 ovals are needed in the next ten years to provide communities the facilities they need,” said Garrett.

“In addition, as women’s participation in the game continues to grow at a rapid rate, Cricket Australia is committed to supporting the delivery of 600 more female-friendly changerooms by 2022, to address the current situation where only 20 per cent of change rooms are appropriate for female players.”

“Australian Cricket is proud to partner with all levels of government in the provision of community infrastructure, and the ACIF will only bolster this partnership as we’ll be investing more in community facilities than ever before.”

“The ACIF will provide security and certainty for communities to invest in vital cricket infrastructure so future generations can enjoy and participate in Australia’s favourite game.”

To apply, please complete the application form here.

For more information on the ACIF - in particular in developing projects and completing the application form, visit the dedicated page here.

For further details regarding funding categories and conditions, please download the ACIF Guidelines here.