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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

Assessment

All applications will be initially screened to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria.

Eligible applications will then be assessed by an internal assessment panel at Sport Australia comprising of experienced and knowledgeable staff in professional and leadership development. The shortlisted applications will then be assessed by an external assessment panel comprising representatives from NSOs, the Office for Women and Sport Australia.

Applications are assessed on the information provided in the application. Therefore, it is important that applicants answer all questions with as much relevant detail as possible.

In 2021, the following criteria will be taken into consideration:

Category 1: Leadership Workshops
  • relevance of the workshop to the applicant’s career aspiration’s
  • applicant’s commitment to their leadership aspiration
  • quality of the application that sufficient information is provided to demonstrate how the applicant will benefit from attending the WLIS Leadership Workshops.
Category 2: Individual Development Grants
  • relevance of the workshop and/or course/training to the applicant’s career aspiration’s
  • applicant’s commitment to their leadership aspiration
  • quality of the application that sufficient information is provided to demonstrate how the applicant will benefit from attending the WLIS Leadership Workshops
  • quality of the application that sufficient information is provided to demonstrate how the proposed project/training will benefit the applicant to progress their identified leadership pathway
  • impact/benefit of the proposed course/training to the supporting sport organisation or to the applicant’s future career opportunities.
Category 3: Organisation Development Grants
  • sufficient information is provided to demonstrate how the project will enhance the leadership capabilities and competencies for  women in sport
  • the proposed project has well planned timelines, milestones and measurable objectives and outcomes
  • the proposed budget is balanced, realistic, well justified, and good value for money
  • the proposed project has identified any risk and corresponding mitigation requirements
  • the organisation will need to demonstrate they have the experience, organisational and resource capacity to deliver.

Approval of grants and successful applicants

The External Assessment Panel will make recommendations to the Chief Executive Officer of Sport Australia who makes the final decision including:

  • the approval of the grant recipients and workshop participants
  • the grant amount to be awarded
  • the terms and conditions of the grant/workshop.

The decisions are final and there is no appeal process.

Notification and agreement

All applicants will be notified by email of the outcome of their application including:

  • any funding amount to be awarded
  • any offer to attend the workshops
  • the specific terms and conditions of any funding or workshop offer.

Successful applicants will enter into an agreement with Sport Australia in relation to the grant funding or workshop offer. This agreement will be supplied automatically to successful applicants.

Conflict of interest

Any conflicts of interest could affect the performance of the grant opportunity or program. There may be a conflict of interest, or perceived conflict of interest, if Sport Australia staff, any member of the Assessment Panel, a committee or advisor, and/or you or any of your personnel, for example:

  • Has a professional, commercial, or personal relationship with a party who is able to influence the application selection process, such as a Sport Australia officer, or a member of an external panel.
  • Has a relationship with, or interest in, an organisation which is likely to interfere with or restrict the applicants from carrying out the proposed activities fairly and independently.
  • Has a relationship with, or interest in, an organisation from which they will receive personal gain because the organisation receives a grant under the grant Program.

Applicants will be asked to declare, as part of their application, any perceived or existing conflicts of interests or that, to the best of their knowledge, there is no conflict of interest.

If you later identify an actual, apparent, or potential conflict of interest, Sport Australia must be informed in writing immediately.

Conflicts of interest for Sport Australia staff will be handled in accordance with Sport Australia’s Conflict of Interest Policy. Assessment Moderation Panel members will also be required to declare any conflicts of interest.

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