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Grants and Funding

Women Leaders in Sport

Providing women with development opportunities to reach their leadership potential in the sport industry

Frequently Asked Questions

General questions

Applications must be submitted by 5:00pm AEST on Friday 30 September 2022. It is recommended that you submit your application well before the closing time and date to avoid running into any unforeseen circumstances including technical difficulties. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Please note the time differences for each state below.

  • NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS: 5:00pm
  • SA & NT: 4:30pm
  • QLD: 4:00pm
  • WA: 2:00pm

The online application form must be submitted electronically through Sport Australia’s online grant portal - SmartyGrants.

No extensions will be given.

If you need to edit your submitted application (before the closing date only), please email wlis@ausport.gov.au and request your form to be reopened. Please allow sufficient time for the team to respond to this request. Requests made on the day of closing may not be actioned.

Note: Applications cannot be changed after the closing date.

Please email Funding@ausport.gov.au

You will be notified of the outcome of your application in late November 2022.

For probity reasons and to treat all applicants fairly and equally, it is not possible to give out information about the status of applications during the assessment process.

Grant payments will be processed during November – December.

Sport Australia staff will review applications against eligibility criteria first. Only eligible applications will be assessed. Eligible applications will then be assessed by an internal assessment panel at Sport Australia. The shortlisted applications will then proceed to assessment by an external panel which may comprise representatives from NSOs, the Office for Women, State and Territory Agencies of Sport and Recreation and Sport Australia.

The external panel will make their recommendations to the General Manager Sport Division who will be responsible for the final decision.

Yes. Each grant application is assessed on how well it addresses the assessment criteria in comparing with other applications.

Requests for feedback should be directed to wlis@ausport.gov.au. General feedback will be published on Sport Australia’s website.

Please email your enquiries to wlis@ausport.gov.au

Individual grants

For the purposes of its programs including the Women Leaders in Sport program, Sport Australia follows the Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender (published by the Attorney-General’s Department in July 2013 and updated November 2015).

These guidelines indicate "the Australian Government recognises that individuals may identify and be recognised within the community as a gender other than the sex they were assigned at birth or during infancy, or as a gender which is not exclusively male or female. This should be recognised and reflected in their personal records held by Australian Government departments and agencies."

Yes, employees of the National Institute Network are eligible to apply. However, NIN employees must seek support from a National Sporting Organisation or State Sporting Organisation as well as support from your CEO or manager/ supervisor.

Yes, employees of CombatAUS are eligible to apply. However, CombatAUS employees must seek support from a National Sporting Organisation or State Sporting Organisation as well as support from your CEO or manager/ supervisor.

No, applications from STASR employees will not be accepted.

No - applicants who have received an individual WLIS grant in the past 2 years are not eligible (Please note: this does not include attendance at a WLIS workshop)

No - only one application per applicant will be accepted for an individual grant and only one course can be applied for.

If more than one application is submitted, the last submitted application will be assessed.

Sport Australia encourages recipients to seek professional tax advice in relation to any impact that the WLIS grant may have on your personal tax situation.  Sport Australia is unable to provide specific advice given each individuals’ tax situation is different.

You will need to discuss and seek support from the relevant recognised National Sporting Organisation.

Yes, you are eligible. The club will need to be affiliated with a National Sporting Organisation that is recognised by Sport Australia.

You will need to obtain a letter of support from your Club President.

No, the WLIS grant cannot be used to fund an undergraduate university degree. University degrees, or subjects that qualify as a part of a university degree are not eligible.

No. However if you work or volunteer at a sporting organisation or club you are able to apply. The club will need to be affiliated with a National Sporting Organisation that is recognised by Sport Australia.

You will need to obtain a letter of support from your Club President.

If your course is cancelled or postponed, you can request an extension or identify a replacement course and submit a request for change by emailing wlis@ausport.gov.au. Approval of your request will be considered by Sport Australia based on the length of extension and the suitability of the replacement course.

If a suitable arrangement cannot be made you will be required to repay the full amount of the grant back to Sport Australia.

  • Club level- The Club President or Vice President
  • NSO/SSO - CEO or manager/supervisor
  • COVID affected individuals – letter from a previous CEO, manager/supervisor or volunteer organisation OR colleague
  • Media - letter from a superior within your organisation or a letter of endorsement from a professional reference

Organisation grants

No - to be eligible for an organisation grant your organisation must be a National Sporting

Organisation, or be a state/territory sporting organisation of, that is recognised by Sport Australia.

No - to be eligible for an organisation grant your organisation must be a National Sporting Organisation, or be a state/territory sporting organisation of, that is recognised by Sport Australia.

The support letter must be provided by the Chair or CEO.

If you require guidance on your project, please email wlis@ausport.gov.au

No - organisations need to demonstrate how the funding will support either the leadership, capability or culture funding area.

Sport Australia encourages all grant recipients to promote their stories and achievements via social media. Please reference the ‘Women Leaders in Sport Program’, tag @sportAUS and include the hashtag #WLIS

We also advise using the Australian Government logo.jpg [27kb] and Sport Australia logo [73kb]

Note: Sport Australia is an operating name of the Australian Sports Commission. Please refer to guidelines for use of Australian Government acknowledgement and crest.

When acknowledging Sport Australia’s Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) grants please include the following:

‘Sport Australia manages the Women Leaders in Sport program through the support of the Office for Women.’

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