CRICKET clubs and councils in the South Coast electorate are set to capitalise on the recent success of Australia at Women's T20 World Cup victory.
Applications now open for the final round of the NSW ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Cricket Legacy Fund.
South Coast MP Shelley Hancock said securing funding will help improve the quality and quantity of cricket facilities and programs across the region.
"Off the back of a fantastic ICC T20 Women's World Cup, which saw Australia defend its title, the legacy fund will help inspire the next generation of community cricketers on the South Coast," Hancock said.
"The T20 legacy fund will ensure communities across the state will reap the benefits of hosting a World Cup and I encourage South Coast clubs, associations and the Shoalhaven City Council to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity."
Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said the legacy fund has already benefited grassroots and community cricket across the state.
"We've given more than $4 million to clubs and councils to support 133 projects across NSW during the first two rounds and we're proud to see the positive impacts on cricket across our state," Lee said.
$2 million in funding is available in the final round of the program, established to ensure a lasting legacy after the NSW government hosts matches across the women's and the postponed men's T20 World Cups.
"This boost from the NSW government will transform the facilities we have for our aspiring cricketers to practice and improve their skills," Lee said.
"Youngsters will be able to emulate their stars from the T20 World Cups in first class facilities."
Cricket NSW chief executive officer Lee Germon said the ICC T20 World Cup Cricket Legacy Fund has been a wonderful initiative by the state government to enhance cricket's standing as Australia's favourite sport.
"As our game continues to grow, this final round of funding will leave a significant and lasting legacy for cricket in NSW," Germon said.
"I encourage you all to consider applying to this final round."
Applications for the legacy fund will be open from July 22 to August 24.