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Grants and Funding

Women Leaders in Sport

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

Organisation grants

Sport Australia is proud to support organisations who are committed to building leadership competencies for women and create more diverse and inclusive workplaces.

The organisation grants must go towards a project which aims to drive positive change in the workplace.

Organisations are welcome to nominate a course provider of their choice however those interested in hearing about programs and providers are encouraged to email

Applications which outline how the grant will support their organisations’ Gender Equity Policy/Action Plan or outline how female staff will continue to be supported following completion of the course will be prioritised.

Furthermore applicants need to demonstrate how the funding will improve either the leadership, capability or culture of the organisation.

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
  • Projects that help attract, develop or retain women.
  • Projects that create more leadership pathways for women.
  • Projects that offer career development opportunities for women (i.e., mentoring, scholarship, career planning sessions etc).
  • Projects that support women in senior roles (Exec, CEO, Board, HP Coaches, Match Officials etc).
  • Projects that see the organisation develop and implement new policies and practices (e.g., Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Plan).
  • Projects that build a positive, gender inclusive action plan to embed in the organisation.
  • Research projects that contribute to the information/evidence base for gender equity plans.
  • Projects that improve the recruitment processes for women both on and off the field and addresses biases.
  • Projects which educate the organisation around the importance of gender equity, including improving processes, embedding gender neutral inclusive language in policy and capability, strategic planning and communication.
  • Projects which educate senior leaders (Board, CEO, Executive team) around promoting, prioritising and resourcing gender equality within their organisation.
  • Projects which support the communications & marketing team with increasing the visibility and changing the narrative around women leaders in sport.

The amount an organisation requests, should reflect the scale and reach of the project and the organisation’s contribution to the project.

Successful applications will be those that best meet the objectives of the WLIS program and the assessment criteria, provide a cost-effective budget and can demonstrate that the applicant has the capacity to deliver the project.

The final grant amount will be determined by the assessment panel as part of the grants process. The amounts may vary between applicants and may not be the full amount applied for.

The maximum funding amount available per organisation is $20,000 (excluding GST)

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

Women Leaders in Sport Guidelines


In 2022, $170,000 will be available for organisation grants.

The maximum funding amount available per organisation is $20,000 (excluding GST)

Grant amounts awarded will be determined as part of the assessment process and may not be the same amount applied for. Amounts will be allocated to make the most effective use of the WLIS program funds.

Eligibility Criteria

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

Letter of support

The following information needs to be addressed in the letter:

  1. Chair or CEO to outline support and commitment on behalf of the organisation
    1. It is expected the Chair, CEO or member of the executive team have responsibility for championing this project
  2. Identify how gender equality/inclusion is included as a strategic priority for the organisation
  3. Provide any relevant statistics or data to support this priority
  4. How will this project contribute to achieving the priorities?
  5. What steps will be taken to support participants following completion of the project?
    1. Example – is there a working group focusing on this as a priority area? Will an action plan be developed to embed this project into the business?

Please limit the supporting letter to one page

Eligible expenditure items

  • Course or training fees
  • Policy development
  • External presenter fees
  • Long distance travel (>200km) for presenters and participants
  • Translator or interpreter fees

Ineligible expenditure items

  • Venue hire
  • Catering
  • Accommodation
  • Administrative costs
  • Staff wages
  • Purchasing of materials and resources


Successful grant recipients will be required to:

  • Enter into a grant agreement with Sport Australia and abide by the terms and conditions of the agreement.
  • Provide detailed progress reports in line with key milestones.
  • Provide evidence of, or commit to developing in 2022 a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy.
  • Complete an acquittal including receipts within 30 days of completing the project.
  • Promote the project across the organisation’s external channels (e.g. website, social media, press release etc.).

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. Comply with all applicable Commonwealth, state and territory laws in conducting the Activity, including anti-discrimination legislation;
    4. Without limiting clause 4(c), comply with all state, territory and Commonwealth laws relating to the employment or engagement of people who work or volunteer with children or vulnerable people in relation to the Activity, including mandatory reporting and working with children and/or vulnerable people checks however described, and if requested, provide Sport Australia, with evidence of compliance with this clause 4(d);
    5. Have an anti-doping policy in place and/or adopt the Australian National Anti-doping Policy;
    6. Not do anything to bring the Recipient, the Program or Sport Australia into disrepute;
    7. Only use the Grant for the purpose of undertaking the Activity;
    8. Keep records detailing the use and expenditure of the Grant, and make them available to Sport Australia or its authorised representatives, on request;
    9. 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;
    10. If the Activity includes awarding accreditation or qualification to the participants of the Activity, provide to Sport Australia documentary evidence (including proof of completion) of the accreditation or qualification within 30 days of award; and
    11. Promptly repay to Sport Australia, any amount of the Grant which has not been used on approved expenditure of the Activity.
  5. 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,
  6. 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.

  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. The Recipient is responsible for obtaining all appropriate insurances with respect to undertaking the Activity and complying with these terms and conditions.
  11. 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.
  12. When acknowledging Sport Australia’s Women Leaders in Sport grants please reference the below:

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