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Grants and Funding

Women Leaders in Sport

Empowering women in sport & helping to create a culture which values gender equity

Individual grants

Sport Australia is proud to support women who work across all roles in sport and applauds those eager to develop their skills and knowledge.

The individual grants allow women to undertake courses or training which support their professional development and help them thrive as leaders.

Some of the courses undertaken to date have aligned with the below topics:

  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • Career coaching
  • Coaching and Officiating
  • Media and Communications
  • Workforce/ Human Relations
  • Finance
  • Integrity
  • Sport science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine (STEMM)

Important dates:

Applications are now closed

  • Applications open
    9:00am (AEST) Tuesday September 28, 2021
  • Applications close
    5:00pm (AEDT) Monday 18th October, 2021*
  • Outcomes notified to all applicants
    Late November - Early December 2021
  • Successful grants payments processed
    November - December 2021

Individuals are welcome to nominate a course of their choice however those needing some guidance on previous courses applied for are encouraged to email

In 2022 individuals can apply for one of the funding amounts listed below:

Funding amount
Tier 1 More than 5 years leadership experience in sport with demonstrated management experience Up to $10,000
Tier 2 3 – 5 years’ leadership experience in sport Up to $8,000
Tier 3 Less than 3 years’ leadership experience in sport Up to $4,000

Leadership experience is defined as having a formal position where you lead people or a team.

Applications for the individual grants open on September 28 at 9:00am AEST and close October 15 at 5:00pm AEDT.

Women Leaders in Sport Guidelines

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply, an applicant must satisfy all the following criteria:

  • Identify as a woman.
  • Be aged 18 years or over.
  • Be an Australian citizen or have been granted permanent residence status.
  • Option one: Currently or previously (lost job due to COVID-19) involved in a paid or volunteer capacity for a local, State, National Sporting Organisation or National Sporting Organisation for people with a Disability, recognised by Sport Australia, the Australian Olympic Committee, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association and have a letter of support from the CEO or manager/supervisor to continue to support their career development.
  • Option two: Currently involved in a paid position for the National Institute Network and have a letter of support from a recognised state or national sporting organisation and a letter of support from their CEO or manager/supervisor to continue to support their career development.
  • Option three: Work or volunteer as a sports journalist and obtain a letter of support from a superior within your organisation or a letter of endorsement from a professional reference.
  • Professional development program commences in 2022.
  • Has not received a grant through the WLIS program within the last two years (Please note: this does not include attendance at a WLIS workshop).
  • Has no outstanding WLIS acquittal and/or reporting requirements to Sport Australia.
  • Is not a current employee at Sport Australia or Australian Institute of Sport.
  • Supporting Organisation is not named in the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse on its list of “Institutions that have not joined or signified their intent to join the Scheme”.

Sport Australia may at its sole discretion, offer an applicant special consideration if an eligibility requirement set out in these guidelines cannot be met due to extenuating circumstances.

Letter of support

Please limit the supporting letter to one page.

For individuals who currently work or volunteer in sport:

The below information needs to be provided from a CEO, manager or supervisor:

  1. Outline how the grant will support the applicants’ career and leadership aspirations
  2. If applicable outline how the grant aligns with an existing professional development plan
  3. Outline how the organisation will support the applicant’s leadership aspirations following completion of the grant project

For individuals who previously worked or volunteered in sport and lost their job due to COVID-19:

The below information needs to be provided from a previous CEO, manager/supervisor or colleague:

  1. Confirm the applicant was in a paid or volunteer position and lost their job due to COVID-19
  2. Outline how the grant will support the applicant’s future role in sport and leadership aspirations

For individuals who work in sport media:

The below information needs to be provided from a current superior or professional referee:

  1. Outline how the grant will support the applicants’ career and leadership aspirations
  2. If applicable outline how the organisation will support the applicant’s leadership aspirations following completion of the grant project

Eligible expenditure items

The funding must go towards the approved professional development project and cannot be used for more than one project.

Short courses at universities or other institutions are eligible.

Ineligible expenditure items

  • Application for more than one course/activity
  • University degree (or subjects that qualify as a part of a university degree)
  • Membership fees
  • Travel costs (excluding those in rural or remote locations)
  • Accommodation (excluding those in rural or remote locations)
  • Food and beverages
  • Materials such as stationery or IT equipment
  • One off conference
  • Past courses or training
  • International travel
  • To attend events as a competitor


Successful grant recipients will be required to do the following:

  • Sign an agreement with Sport Australia and abide by the terms and conditions.
  • Complete an acquittal within 30 days of completing the professional development program.
  • Provide evidence of accreditation or qualification within 30 days of completing the course/training if required.
  • Submit a completion report using the template provided.

Additional information

Terms and Conditions

  1. If the Australian Sports Commission (referred to in these terms and conditions as ‘Sport Australia’) decides to issue a grant (Grant) to the applicant under the Women Leaders in Sport Program (Program), the Grant will be made subject to these terms and conditions.
  2. These terms and conditions, together with the notification from Sport Australia providing details of the Grant award (Successful Notification), will constitute an enforceable agreement between Sport Australia and the successful applicant (Recipient) upon the Recipient accepting the Grant offer, as required by the Successful Notification.
  3. Sport Australia will make a single payment of the Grant amount to the Recipient subject to sufficient funding being available to the Program and the Recipient complying with this Agreement.
  4. The Recipient must:
    1. Complete the project activity as detailed in their Successful Notification (Activity);
    2. Promptly notify Sport Australia of anything reasonably likely to affect the completion of the Activity;
    3. Not do anything to bring the Recipient, the Program or Sport Australia into disrepute;
    4. Only use the Grant for the purpose of undertaking the Activity;
    5. Keep records detailing the use and expenditure of the Grant, and make them available to Sport Australia or its authorised representatives, on request;
    6. Provide to Sport Australia within 30 days of completion of the Activity: (i) a statement and accompanying evidence in the form required by Sport Australia, verifying that the Activity has been successfully completed and the Grant has been spent in accordance with this Agreement; and (ii) a report on the Activity, in the form required by Sport Australia;
    7. If the Activity includes undertaking a course which awards the Recipient accreditation or qualification, provide to Sport Australia documentary evidence (including proof of completion) of the accreditation or qualification within 30 days of award; and
    8. Promptly repay to Sport Australia, any amount of the Grant which has not been used on approved expenditure of the Activity.
  5. The Recipient declares and warrants, at the date of agreeing to these terms and conditions, that she has not at any time been found to have breached any anti-doping rule or policy applicable to the Recipient, and has not engaged at any time in any conduct that constituted a breach of any anti-doping rule or policy applicable to the Recipient.
  6. Without limitation to any other rights of Sport Australia, if Sport Australia reasonably believes, at any time following the award of the Grant, that:
    1. The Recipient has provided false or misleading information in the application process;
    2. The Grant has been spent other than in accordance with this Agreement; or
    3. The Recipient will not complete the Activity or has otherwise breached any of their obligations under this Agreement,
  7. then Sport Australia may by written notice, terminate this agreement and/or require the Recipient to repay to Sport Australia, at Sport Australia’s absolute discretion, all or part of the Grant. The amount notified must be repaid within 30 days of any such notice.

  8. When dealing with Personal Information (as defined in the Privacy Act 1988) in carrying out the Activity, the Recipient agrees not to do anything which, if done by Sport Australia, would be a breach of the Privacy Act 1988.
  9. The personal details of Recipients (including name, home state, sport, the value of the Grant awarded, a brief description of the purpose for the Grant, and any photo or video footage of them produced in connection with the Program) may be released by Sport Australia to the public and the media for the use of promotional and educational purposes.
  10. The Recipient must, if requested by Sport Australia, cooperate with Sport Australia for the purposes of education and to enable a review of the programs’ impact and success for future recipients.
  11. The Recipient is responsible for obtaining all appropriate insurances with respect to undertaking the Activity and complying with these terms and conditions.
  12. The Recipient agrees to indemnify Sport Australia and its officers, employees and contractors against any claim, loss or damage arising in connection with undertaking the Activity, or a breach of this Agreement. This obligation to indemnify Sport Australia will reduce proportionally to the extent that any act or omission involving fault on the part of Sport Australia, contributed to the claim loss or damage.
  13. This Agreement does not create a relationship of employment, or agency between the Recipient and Sport Australia.
  14. This agreement is governed by the law of the Australian Capital Territory.
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