Grants In addition to the kind support of our Sponsors we have also been the beneficiary of significant grants. We are very grateful for this and below is a summary of the grants we have currently received:
Awards for All - England Awards for All England is supported by the Arts Council England, the Big Lottery Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Sport England. They award grants for people to take part in art, sport, heritage and community activities, and projects that promote education, the environment and health in the local community. In 2008 we were awarded a grant of £2,200 to support the expansion of our youth and girls cricket section.
Awards for All Ipswich Borough Council IBC awarded us a grant of £300 in 2008 towards the cost of our coach education programme. Ipswich Borough Council Kathy Pollard - Local County Councillor A very kind and welcome cheque for £1,000 from her locality budget in March 2008 to support our practice facility renewal project. Kathy Pollard presents cheque to Martin Taylor Youth Capital Funds Youth Capital Funds are special funds for young people, run by young people. The funds are available to support projects and activities for young people in Suffolk, which have been developed by young people from their own ideas!In April 2009 we benefitted from a grant of £4,338 to finance a set of new covers for our junior pitches. "The climate covers" are state of the art plastic sheets that not only protect pitches from the elements, but also allow air and light to reach the grass ensuring it can continue to grow even when covered. We expect these covers to significantly reduce the number of fixtures cancelled due to poor weather.
ECB We received a grant of £4,299 from the England & Wales Cricket Trust Machinery Fund in April 2009 towards the cost of a new square mowing and renovation system. Due to the increased number of fixtures at Copdock in recent seasons this piece of equpiment is vital. Not only will it help us produce better quality pitches, but it will ensure old tracks can be repaired and renovated to be used later in the season. In 2012 we received a grant of £378 towards the cost of a new Bowdry Water Hog. This is a condition of Premier League cricket and allows us to collect water off sheet covers and other standing water.
England and Wales Cricket Trust Sport England In May 2009 we were lucky enough to receive a grant of £8,850 towards the cost of a new ride-on outfield mower.
The Sport England Small Grants Programme has been set up to support local community sport projects which seek to increase participation, sustain participation or develop opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport. In January 2011 we received a further grant for £8,950 to go towards a variety of items, including - Mobile scoreboard, batting cage, video camera / laptop / coaching software, new covers for mini square, and much needed kit. In 2012, we received another grant of £7,340 towards the cost of four new "County Cricket Sight Screens". Two screens at each end is a condition of Premier League cricket, plus it allows both games to benefit from screens when simultaneous junior fixtures are being played.