The number of clubs and the value of grants issued under the CitiPower and Cricket Victoria canteen grants program has increased in the latest round of applications after a tough year for fundraising for local clubs and organisations.
Grants valued at $68,700 will be shared between 18 cricket clubs in the third round of the program which is improving electrical safety within club facilities.
Metropolitan and regional cricket clubs within the CitiPower, Powercor and United Energy distribution network regions were invited to apply for grants to replace or upgrade electrical appliances, electrical wiring and power boards, switchboards or related infrastructure.
Grants are awarded based on a range of criteria, prioritising clubs needing assistance to improve the safety of club cricketers and volunteers using the facilities.
CitiPower General Manager Corporate Affairs, Joanne Pafumi, said many of the 100 applications received in this round commented on how difficult it had been to fundraise for their clubs during the COVID restrictions in 2020.
“It is great to see teams enjoying being back on the field this season,” Ms Pafumi said.
“We hope these grants will help the players and their supporters enjoy their time off-field at the clubs too.”
The $250,000 five-year grant program commenced in 2019 and supported 26 clubs with grants totalling $104,000 in the previous two rounds.
Cricket Victoria CEO Andrew Ingleton welcomed the news.
“We know all too well how tough the last six months have been in Victoria and these grants will be very welcome news for clubs across the state. With almost $70,000 invested in the latest round of this program, we’re seeing real benefits and safety improvements for players and volunteers alike.”
The successful round three recipients applied for support ranging from $1,500 and $5,000.
You can find the list of winners here.