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Facilities and Grants

The WACA is committed to the ongoing support and management of cricket facilities across Western Australia, working with relevant stakeholders to ensure the best possible environments for our cricket communities.

 

Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund

Cricket is investing more into community cricket facility projects than ever before through the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund (ACIF).

The WACA and Cricket Australia are partnering to provide clubs, association, schools, councils and cricket facility managers with the opportunity to apply for funding for cricket facility projects.

The ACIF has been further bolstered by the contribution towards facility development via the Grassroots Cricket Fund. The Grassroots Cricket Fund is a partnership between the Australian Cricketers' Association and Cricket Australia, with funding being contributed by Australian cricketers to support cricket in local communities.

Since the launch of the ACIF ahead of the 2018/19 season, the fund has supported 50 projects in Western Australia, 30 in the metropolitan area and 20 in regional areas. A total of $867,000 in ACIF funding has been awarded to projects that have a total value of $19.6M.

A list of successful projects is available here.

Case Study - Gosnells Indoor Centre

APPLYING FOR AN ACIF GRANT

The ACIF Guidelines are available here.

Applications for the second round of grants for 2019-20 are now closed.

Further details on funding for season 2020-21 will be provided in due course.

To assist in planning your application, a sample of the application form is available to download here.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who can apply to the ACIF?

Clubs, associations, councils, schools, facility managers or any other organisation with a role as a user or manager of a community cricket facility.

What types of projects receive funding from the ACIF?

Projects must be focused on growing cricket participation and/or providing welcoming and inclusive environments for all participants. Typical projects include the construction or refurbishment of pitches, ovals, practice facilities, change rooms, pavilions and supporting infrastructure.

Are there projects that the ACIF doesn't support?

The ACIF doesn’t support:

  • projects that have already commenced,
  • sporting equipment (eg. stumps, balls),
  • routine maintenance or maintenance equipment,
  • temporary facilities,
  • projects not focused on community cricket,
  • projects that can be covered by insurance,
  • previously funded facilities (unless a new facility component), and
  • facilities with no/limited public access.

What if my project doesn't meet the funding guidelines? Please make contact the State Infrastructure Manager to discuss how we may be able to assist you to develop your project or seek other funding opportunities.

How much funding can I apply for? The ACIF has three categories relating to the amount of the funding request:

  • Community Cricket Infrastructure Grants - Minor: $1,000 - $10,000
  • Community Cricket Infrastructure Grants - Major: $10,001 - $30,000
  • Multi-faceted /Regionally Significant Strategic Grants: over $30,000

Applications for more than $30,000 for multi-faceted / regionally significant projects will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

All projects submitted to the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund must be compliant with the
 Community Cricket Facility Guidelines


The Guidelines state “Compliance with Australian Cricket’s Child Safety Framework” is one of the conditions of funding.  What does that mean?

Clubs are to have completed Step 1 of the compliance process with Australian Cricket’s Child Safety Framework.  This includes Clubs that are playing at a site where the Local Government is the applicant. 

 

To complete Step 1 of the Framework, the following activities must be completed:

  • Adopt and endorse the following documents at their next Committee Meeting:
    • Australian Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children and Young People
    • Australian Cricket’s Looking After our Kids code of behaviour for Affiliated Associations and Clubs
    • Australian Cricket’s Commitment to safeguarding Children and young People
  • Once the Club has adopted and endorsed the above documents (committing them to future implementation/compliance with the Framework) they are required to record this by selecting a box within their Club MyCricket task checklist which will notify Cricket Australia that this stage has been completed.”

 

WACA State Infrastructure Strategy 2019-28

The Western Australian Cricket Association is excited to announce that the WA Cricket Infrastructure Strategy has now been finalised.

The WA Cricket Infrastructure Strategy identifies key facility priorities in each of the 14 Western Australian cricket regions and will guide the development of cricket infrastructure in WA for the next 10 years.

The WA Cricket Infrastructure Strategy aims to align cricket and government strategic planning, promote collaboration between all layers of the cricket community and government and to highlight the key drivers of facility planning and investment.

The Strategy will complement and strengthen the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund. 

Download the WA Cricket Infrastructure Strategy 2019-2028. 

Background

In 2017, the WACA undertook a comprehensive audit of Western Australian cricket facilities as part a National Facilities Audit led by Cricket Australia.

The 12-month auditing process examined more than 500 cricket venues and 650 fields used regularly by our cricket clubs across the State.

The data and information gathered during the audit was then utilised to guide and develop the WA Cricket Infrastructure Strategy 2019-28.

The project was jointly funded by the WACA, Cricket Australia and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

InsideEDGE Sport and Leisure Planning consultants were appointed to assist in the development on the WA Cricket Infrastructure Strategy.

Consultation

Extensive consultation with relevant stakeholders was conducted during the development of the WA Cricket Infrastructure Strategy.

Initial consultation included an online survey followed by 20 workshops in metropolitan and regional areas with cricket associations, local governments and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
 
For enquiries regarding the WA State Infrastructure Strategy, please contact WA State Infrastructure Manager, Stuart Dart, on 9265 7347 or stuart.dart@cricket.com.au