About the New Zealand Cricket Foundation

The aims and objectives of The New Zealand Cricket Foundation are:

(a) The fostering of primary and secondary school cricket.
(b) Grants in support of the establishment of indoor practice wickets.
(c) The support of emerging players to encourage their further development and expertise.
(d) Support for the establishment of permanent practice facilities and all weather wickets.
(e) To support projects that are classified as being in the best interests of cricket, particularly in the development of the game.



The formation of the New Zealand Cricket Foundation was inspired by Sir Jack Newman in 1972. The initial overall aim was to improve the playing conditions, in particular match and practice wickets, for grassroots cricket, as well as supporting emerging players to encourage their further development and expertise.

The Foundation was formed in that year, with Sir John Anderson appointed as secretary, a position he has held ever since. Fundraising was organised with professional fundraisers and $250,000 was raised, which represented the capital going forward. The income earned from capital invested was then used to fund grant applications.

For a number of years grants were provided to players who were travelling to the UK to play cricket in the New Zealand winter (1979 – 1995) but these ceased as the funding arrangements for those players was available directly via Associations, or by the contracts that players could negotiate.

From 1979 the Foundation supported New Zealand Cricket’s initiative to send a developing player to “Lords” to spend a season under their tutorage. This ceased in 2004, howevert the “Lords” placement has rested with New Zealand Cricket to organise; and NZCF has supported this with a grant.

Coaching grants were prevalent until 1997 at which stage New Zealand Cricket changed their funding of Major Associations, which included grants to cover coaching costs.

Currently grants have centred around the provision of mainly artificial wickets for schools and clubs and other one off grants that support grassroots cricket.

Since establishment, to 30 June 2012 a total of $5.394 million has been made in support of the above objectives (refer annual account attachment).

Criteria for the allocation of grants

Artificial Wickets
(a) Priorities: The Foundation has provided grants for the establishment of artificial practice wickets since 1985.

(b) Practice Wickets and Match Wickets: The Foundation provides individual grants for practice wickets and artificial match wickets where appropriate, however:

  • Artificial practice wickets are a greater priority than artificial match wickets.
  • The normal grant per wicket is $1,500. At times this is increased, depending on the circumstances/application.
  • Consideration to the Foundation’s ability to provide only a certain number of grants per annum must be taken into consideration.


Other Grants
The Foundation has made a number of grants over past years to support initiatives that are developed to be in the best interests of cricket.

Each proposition is treated on its particular merits.

The Foundation does not provide grants for capital structures (such as clubroom construction or sightscreens), gear or pitch covers.

Sir Jack Newman Award
(a) Criteria: The Award recognises each year the contribution made by an individual for outstanding service to New Zealand Junior Cricket Administration.

The Award consists of:

  • A grant of $2,000 to be provided to any area of Junior Cricket that the recipient nominates.
  • The recipient holds, for one year, the mounted greenstone ball trophy.

(b) Applications:
Nominations are to be made to New Zealand Cricket, with full details provided supporting the recommendation.

(c) The Award:
The Sir Jack Newman Award is presented each year by New Zealand in conjunction with the recipient’s local association or at the Annual General Meeting of New Zealand Cricket.

Application and approval of grants process

Applications for grants should be made initially to the relevant Major Association and should include the following information:

  • Project involved
  • Number of players that will use the facility
  • Number of school children (up to 18 years) that will use the facility
  • Other uses (rep teams etc.)
  • Total costs of project
  • Amount of funds raised or proposed to be raised by applicant
  • Other financial grants provided for project

The Major Association, if they support the project, should then forward the application direct to the Secretary of the New Zealand Cricket Foundation, P O Box 980, Wellington.

Every 6-8 weeks, depending on the number of applications received, a memorandum outlining the applications and the recommended grants for each application is forwarded to the Foundation Committee, made up of  John Morrison, Sir John Anderson, Don Neely and NZC COO Craig Presland. The committee's role is to review the applications and approve these recommendations.

Confirmation of Approval/Payment of Grant
The confirmation of approval is then forwarded to the application with a copy to the Major Association.

The approval stipulates that the grant will be immediately available once the project is completed and confirmation of this, including copies of paid invoices, is forwarded to the Foundation.

Guidelines for grants
Download the guidelines for New Zealand Cricket Foundation grants (PDF, 778kb).

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