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Date: 6th November 2020

from LCF's James Cutt about schemes from SPORT ENGLAND and LV=GENERAL INSURANCE


Subject: Sport England Return to Play Fund

Sport England have recently launched two Coronavirus support schemes; Return to Play: Small Grants and Return to Play: Community Asset Fund.

We understand that many clubs may wish to consider these funding options and we would first urge them to carefully read all of the information on both schemes,

Sport England have advised that demand is high for these schemes and in the first instance they will be prioritising applications with an immediate need and impact on activity this winter.  Projects must be able to start within 6 weeks.

Please also note that Sport England will not fund general capital projects through these schemes and their ‘ordinary’ grant programmes remain suspended for now.

We will maintain a dialogue with Sport England and inform you of changes in their programmes.

The ECBs Return to Cricket grant scheme remains open with the deadline for applications extended to January. Details can be found here,




Subject: Funds4Runs

As COVID-19 continues to impact us all, LV= General Insurance and the ECB have partnered to bring to life a £1million fund – #Funds4Runs.

The fund provides financial support for the grassroots cricket community in urban communities and areas of deprivation.

At this stage, ECB are seeking Expressions of Interest, which can be lodged here. Once you have registered your interest you will be notified once the fund is open for applications. It is the ECBs intent to share all of the necessary information such as detailed eligibility criteria, and the relevant guidance notes with the LCF later in November as we prepare for Summer 2021.

The fund will be open to affiliated Cricket Clubs and Leagues, All Stars Cricket & Dynamos Cricket centres, and community organisations within England and Wales. Eligible organisations will only be provided with access to submit an application if they receive a recommendation for funding from the Lancashire Cricket Foundation.

To be eligible, the project must reside in an area of deprivation(1-3 IMD postcode rating for England, or 1-382 WIMD for Wales) or urban community (relative population density of 8.0 or higher in England and Wales) and will be supporting sustainable participation through:

  • Provision to run an All Stars Cricket programme for children on free school meals that otherwise could not access the programme.
  • The provision of girls’ cricket that has been unable to begin due to the impact of COVID-19.
  • The provision of disability cricket that has been unable to begin due to the impact of COVID-19.
  • Provision of cricket activity for diverse communities.

There is no funding application limit, however requests over £3,000 will need to demonstrate substantial impact and will be required to demonstrate partnership funding.  Requests over £3,000 will also need to be approved by a #Funds4Runs award panel.


James Cutt | Leagues & Teams Manager

Lancashire Cricket Foundation

Emirates Old Trafford, Talbot Road, Manchester, M16 0PX






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