Following the initial announcement of Emergency Support Funding last month, the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has now released details of a third funding scheme designed to support leagues.
Nick Pryde, ECB’s Director of Participation and Growth, said: “We’re pleased to be able to offer a new League Emergency Loan Scheme to help affiliated cricket leagues during the current shutdown of the sport.
“It has been great to see clubs receiving financial support through national and local government schemes, as well as through the ECB’s Emergency Support Funding, which launched last month. We are now in a position to help the leagues across England and Wales with the costs they will incur in 2020 regardless of the amount of cricket that is played this summer.
“Leagues will be able to apply for a loan of up to £50,000 to cover a number of unrecoverable costs incurred for the 2020 season, as well as assisting towards the cost of cricket balls purchased for the year.
“Everyone across the sport is hoping we will see cricket played across England and Wales this summer and at the ECB we’re working closely with the Government to establish when and how it will be safe to resume play.”
Kent Cricket CEO, Simon Storey, said: “This is a challenging time for community clubs and leagues across the county.
“Many clubs across Kent have already been able to apply for funding to see them through this challenging period. The ECB’s announcement of the League Emergency Loan Scheme to support affiliated cricket leagues during the current shutdown is more positive news for the community game.
“We have very good relationships with our Leagues in Kent and I am certain they will look to apply to this scheme to help cover costs that they will incur over the next few months, regardless of the amount of cricket that is played this Summer.
“Meanwhile, our Community team at Kent Cricket are continuing to work closely with the ECB to establish when and how it will be safe to resume recreational cricket and will continue to keep all clubs updated through the website and our regular update newsletters.”
League Emergency Loan Scheme
The ECB League Emergency Loan Scheme aims to support affiliated Cricket Leagues (open-age and junior leagues) during the COVID-19 crisis through the provision of interest free loans.
Who can apply?
Open-age and junior leagues affiliated direct to ECB, or a partnership agreement via their County Cricket Board (CCB) or the National Asian Cricket Council (NACC), National Cricket Conference (NCC) or Afro-Caribbean Cricket Association (ACCA) in 2019 or 2020.
What will the scheme fund?
The cost of cricket balls, plus, unrecoverable costs above £2,000 in the 2020 season which may include:
- The cost of block booking/hire of grounds
- The cost associated with the production of league handbooks
- The cost of purchase of kit and/or equipment
- The cost of staging events
How much loan can a league apply for?
Up to £50,000.
If a league requires a loan exceeding this limit, please contact the ECB Facilities Help Desk by emailing email@example.com.
How do I apply?
Leagues should apply by clicking here.
Before applying, it is highly recommended leagues read the League Emergency Loan Scheme guidance notes.
Where do I go for help?