Media Release: New CitiPower Canteen Grant recipients announced

18 February, 2020

More than $52,000 will be shared between 14 cricket clubs in the latest round of the CitiPower and Cricket Victoria canteen grants program to improve electrical safety within club facilities.

Round two recipients, who each receive between $3,000 and $5,000, are:

  • Ballarat-Redan Cricket Club
  • Carngham Cricket Club
  • Colac Cricket Club
  • Colbinabbin Cricket Club
  • Dandenong Cricket Club
  • Deepdene Bears Cricket Club
  • Elaine Cricket Club
  • Lancefield Cricket Club
  • Newtown & Chilwell cricket club
  • Nondescripts Cricket Club
  • Preston Footballers Cricket club
  • South Caulfield Cricket Club
  • St Joseph’s Cricket Club
  • Surrey Hills Cricket Club

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 there is strong demand for the funding assistance with more than 100 applications received for the second round of grants under the $250,000 five year program.

“The first round was really well received and has already helped upgrade electrical infrastructure in 12 clubs across the state,” Ms Pafumi said.

“We know how hard it can be to fundraise to cover all the clubs’ needs but don’t think anyone should have to compromise on safety.”

Cricket Victoria CEO Andrew Ingleton welcomed the news.

“The canteen grants program provides a real boost to local clubs which require some assistance in upgrading their facilities to ensure they are safe for everyone who uses them,” Mr Ingleton said.

“Cricket Victoria is proud of its partnership with CitiPower, and this program is a great initiative to give back to the Victorian cricket community.”

As part of a whole of cricket partnership, CitiPower and Cricket Victoria are offering around $50,000 per year to be distributed through the Canteen Grant program between 2019 and 2023.