The 2020 Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent impact on people’s lives were the catalysts for the CJCA to create a fund to assist families who are facing challenges for paying fees related to keeping their children involved in Cricket during the 2020/21 season

The Christchurch Junior Cricket Association has established a fund with an initial ceiling of $10,000 to support families to participate in CJCA events and remain or become members of Clubs

The CJCA PLAYER AND FAMILY SUPPORT FUND has been established to assist children attending primary & intermediate school or being home schooled, aged between 5 years and 13 years who are from financially disadvantaged families or backgrounds specifically related to the impact that Covid-19 has had on household income either through the loss of jobs or reduction in hours or the loss of income that would have contributed to households being able to pay fees for programmes, events or memberships.

This is not a fund established to specifically support talented players but is rather about providing children with the opportunity to continue to participate in cricket.

At the conclusion of the 2020/21 season and during the season the Fund will be reviewed to see if it meeting its goals and whether the initial funding levels need to be extended or the fund needs to run into future seasons.

We understand;

  • That cricket talent exists across our Association and we want to ensure opportunities are provided to players who otherwise may miss out.
  • The need for kids to “fall in love” with cricket and not to be denied opportunities to do so through no fault of their own.
  • The health and well-being advantages of having thousands of healthy active cricket kids.

The opportunities provided through direct funding may assist with the following;

  • CJCA Winter Training Fees
  • Club or School Cricket Fees
  • Tournament Fees incl. CJCA Spring and Summer Tournaments and January Festivals

DESIRED OUTCOMES OF FUND ESTABLISHMENT 

  1. To enable more children to participate in cricket through reducing financial barriers.

To download a CJCA PLAYER AND FAMILY SUPPORT FUND APPLICATION FORM

CJCA PLAYER AND FAMILY SUPPORT FUND APPLICATION FORM

The criteria for a CJCA PLAYER AND FAMILY SUPPORT FUND includes the following:

  1. Children must be aged between 5 and 13 years old at the time of application. The applicant’s immediate parents/caregiver are unable to fully support the applicant by meeting necessary related costs to enable participation in cricket activity specifically related to the impact that Covid-19 has had on household income.
  2. The applicant must attend be attending primary or be home schooled and must be registered or intending to register at an affiliated Christchurch Junior Cricket Association member club or school.
  3. The completed application is genuinely in aid of assisting participation in cricket which would not otherwise take place or would compromise the financial commitments of the families of players.

Applicants may apply for assistance for the following;

  • Cricket Club or School Cricket fees for grades cricket from Kiwi grade (Year 1) to Year 8.
  • Registration fees for CJCA Winter Training; or
  • Tournament or Festival Fees for the CJCA Spring or Summer Tournaments and for all events that the CJCA participates in during January 2021.

Applications may be made for all of these at once or during the season in order to reflect each applicants situation at that moment in time.  Should a families situation change after a funding decision has been made it is anticipated that the recipient would advise the CJCA so funds could be returned to the funding pool and fees once again become the responsibility of the original recipient.

Decisions on applications are at the discretion of the funding sub-committee. Decisions on applications will be advised two weeks following the close off dates listed below.

The application due dates for 2020 are

Wednesday 15 July – for Winter Training support – fees will be reduced if successful and payment arrangements made with families which met their circumstances.
Tuesday 15 September – for Club Membership Fees and Spring Tournaments Fees – Clubs will be paid successful applications directly by the CJCA – it is up to clubs to manage the payment of the balance.  CJCA Spring Tournament Fees will be reduced and payment arrangements made with families which met their circumstances.
Tuesday 15 December – for January Festival support and for Summer Tournament Fees – fees will be reduced if successful and payment arrangements made with families which met their circumstances.

These dates will allow for the timely administration of the Fund but applications may be considered outside these dates.

FUND SUPPORT GUIDELINE LEVELS

No more than 50% of the total cost will be paid, with the maximum amount for each category being:

  • $60 for CJCA Winter Training (full cost $125)
  • Max $80 for Club Fees or 50% (whichever is lower)
  • $30 for CJCA Spring & Summer and January Festivals (Year 6,7 & 8 turning Year 7,8 and 9) (full cost $60 per event)
  • $175 for South Island Boys Primary Tournament players (full cost $350) – both CJCA and CJCA loaned players qualify
  • $45 for South Island Girls Tournament (full cost $90)

The fund committee is entitled at its discretion to pay out more than 50% of the total cost if substantial hardship is proven and enables the participant to participate otherwise.

Applications must be received on a CJCA PLAYER AND FAMILY SUPPORT FUND application form by the due dates (Wednesday 15th July, Tuesday 15th September, Tuesday 15th December).

Applications must be completed in full and supported by an independent person who can verify the need for financial assistance.

All Grants are at the Committees discretion.

A SIGNIFICANT LEVEL OF TRUST IS REQUIRED IN THE EXECUTION OF THIS PROGRAMME AND THOUGH NOT REQUIRED WITH THE INITIAL APPLICATION A LEVEL OF VERIFICATION MAY BE NEEDED IN SOME INSTANCES BUT THIS WILL HANDLED IN A SENSITIVE MANNER BY THE CJCA.

CJCA PLAYER AND FAMILY SUPPORT FUND APPLICATION FORM to download an application form.

Forms can be posted to:
CJCA PLAYER AND FAMILY SUPPORT FUND

C/ CJCA

PO Box 36-701

Merivale

CHRISTCHURCH

or scanned and emailed to gm@cjca.org.nz

Applications must be supported by an independent person who can verify the applicant’s need for financial assistance. This person may be:

  • A club committee member
  • School principal
  • School sports coordinator or teacher
  • Church minister
  • A representative of a government or support agency such as WINZ
  • A member of the CJCA Executive or Life or Honorary member (this includes the CJCA General Manager for CJCA events or programmes)
  • Any other person deemed appropriate by the CJCA.

Special Applications will be considered by the committee for special cases that occur outside the usual application timeline and where delaying the application until the next round would cause either undue hardship or the opportunity to be lost.

There must be relevant circumstances that prevented the applicant from applying within the normal timelines eg. a late call-up to a tournament team.

To apply as a special application, complete the process as per a normal application and attach an accompanying letter requesting your application to be considered as a special application and outline the reason why.

The following conditions apply to CJCA PLAYER AND FAMILY SUPPORT FUND.

  1. Grants will be paid directly to the club or provider of the programme by way of direct credit or credit off the programme fees.
  2. Withdrawal from a programme will result in a pro-rata reimbursement of the grant back to the Funding Pool pool. For example, if a grant recipient withdraws 75% of the way through a programme, then 25% of the grant will be allocated back to the funding pool.
  3. Withdrawal from a tournament will result in a full refund of the grant back to the funding pool.
  4. All applications are processed by the CJCA PLAYER AND FAMILY SUPPORT FUND  sub- committee.  The CJCA reserves the right to seek further clarification from the person supporting the application in order to make their decision. Successful applicants will receive a letter by email or post with details of their assistance within 2 weeks of the closing date.
  5. Unsuccessful applicants will receive a letter by email or post with details of their outcome within 2 weeks of the closing date.
  6. The CJCA will not enter into correspondence where an application has been declined.
  7. FOR FURTHER INFO

Email: gm@cjca.org.nz
Post: CJCA Player and Family Support Fund, CJCA, PO Box 36-701, Christchurch.