Cricket Tasmania earlier this month opened applications for a share of the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund (ACIF), which is dedicated to improving community cricket facilities and infrastructure across the state.

There has been a significant increase in the money available through this fund to clubs, associations and schools across Tasmania.

$195,000 is now available through the fund, up from $55,000 last season.

The ACIF - in conjunction with Cricket Australia, has a particular focus on growing participation and promoting accessibility and inclusivity in Tasmanian cricket.

"The ongoing growth of participation in cricket at junior levels for boys and girls and in senior competitions is placing increased strain on our community facilities," said Cricket Tasmania CEO, Nick Cummins.

"This investment highlights we are committed to ensuring our competitions can continue to grow and support the demands of the community."

"We want every Tasmanian to be able to enjoy the game at a high quality facility in their local area."

Glenorchy Cricket Club is just one club who have benefited from an ACIF contribution before.

Shoobridge Park in Austins Ferry has been developed as the club's new second turf pitch facility.

"The ACIF provided us with $20,000 to install a turf pitch," said Simon Stebbings, Glenorchy's Director of Cricket.

"It will be used for Under 15's, 17's and third grade cricket and provides a great base for us in the northern suburbs."

"The application process was quite simple, Cricket Tasmania gave us great support when we had questions."

Further projects undertaken via the ACIF in year's past include Campbell Town, Ulverstone District Cricket Club's indoor facility as well as Churchill Park at Invermay.

Cricket Operations Manager at Cricket Tasmania, Chris Garrett, encourages clubs to get started on their application early ahead of its deadline on Monday 3 December.

"This 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." he said.

"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 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."

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

To apply, you can begin your online application form here.

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