The scoreboard at East Ardsley Cricket Club is falling apart - and the club is facing a race against time to raise the cash to get it fixed.
If the club doesn’t raise £1,700 or more by July 8 the local Community First panel will not double it meaning they will have to give all donations back.
Some of the numbers on the current scoreboard are falling apart so the club are hoping to replace them with new electronic digits. The total cost of the repairs is £3,400 but to secure the grant £1,700 has to be raised by next week.
Club Chairman Mick Pearson said: “we are well on the way to achieving our target but want to raise as much as possible so that we can make further improvements to the ground and facilities.”
The club obtained match funding through the Crowdfunding Grant scheme, which is part of the Community First Crowdmatch Challenge which works alongside the Community First Programme. The local panel have agreed to back this project so up to £1,700 every pound we raise will be matched by the panel and doubled. Any extra money (over £1,700) will not be matched but the club can keep and use however they want.
People can select different levels of donations from £5 to £500, if people give £10 they will get the clubs newsletter plus a special invitation to the official opening of the scoreboard. £100 will get the newsletter, a vIP invitaion to the opening, plus your name on a plaque on the new scoreboard.
The Neighbourhood Match Fund is a £30 million small grant programme for some of the country’s most deprived areas. Communities set up local panels to decide on projects for funding in their area.
This is a ‘matched fund programme’, which means that every £1 they get in funding from the programme must be matched by a similar amount in donations. The donations can be cash, services, free products or volunteers’ time.
To make a donation, go to www.buzzbnk.org/EastArdsleyCC.