The Commonwealth Bank has called for applications for its Grants for Grassroots Cricket program that will provide 200 local cricket clubs across Australia with grants worth $1,750 each this summer.
Grants for Grassroots Cricket, now in its second year, provides cricket clubs across Australia with $1,000 cash and $750 worth of equipment, which includes two shade marquees, 100 water bottles and 50 field markers.
Ms Tristan Wills, Commonwealth Bank Executive General Manager, Corporate Sustainability, said the success of last year’s Grants for Grassroots Cricket program highlighted the need to support local clubs in the community.
“The Commonwealth Bank recognises the important role that cricket and local clubs plays in our community. The Bank is determined to support the development of all levels of cricket across Australia,” Ms Wills commented.
The Commonwealth Bank is Cricket Australia’s longest standing sponsor, with a 23 year association. The Bank’s support extends from the national teams for both men and women, right through to community cricket including sponsorship of local clubs, associations, and country cricket.
The Bank also sponsors the Imparja Cup the national Indigenous cricket competition held in Alice Springs each year.
Australian Cricketer Mike Hussey said the Commonwealth Bank’s Grants for Grassroots Cricket program is an excellent way to support, and help develop, cricket clubs across Australia.
“The Commonwealth Bank’s Grants for Grassroots Cricket provides much-needed support for many struggling cricket clubs across Australia. These grants will help to develop the talents of thousands of local and club cricketers. Cricket is more than a sport for many Australians. It’s a way of bringing communities together in a fun and interactive way,” he said.
To apply for a grant or for more information on the Commonwealth Bank’s Grants for Grassroots Cricket program visit: www.lovecricket.com.au.
With a number of teams playing in the Bingara District cricket competition each year, teams would, no doubt, welcome in particular, the financial assistance which makes up part of the grant package.
Grants applications close at 5.00pm on Sunday, November 14, 2010. Winners will be announced from November 25, 2010.