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Women Leaders in Sport

2019 Women Leaders in Sport Feedback

Outcome of Applications

There was an overwhelming response to the 2019 WLIS program with 338 grant and workshop applications received by Sport Australia requesting significantly more than the amount of funding available. The standard of applications was extremely high, and as a result, the 2019 process was highly competitive, with 146 applications deemed successful.

Assessment of Applications

Applications were assessed against the following key assessment criteria:

Individuals - Workshops applications Organisations - Workshops applications
  • Applicant’s leadership aspiration
  • Quality of the application, with sufficient information provided to demonstrate how the applicant will benefit from attending the WLIS Leadership Workshop
  • The organisation has clear target and selection process for the women to be supported to attend the workshop
  • The organisation is committed to supporting the participants with the post workshop activities/projects to extend the learning from the workshop
  • Quality of the application, with sufficient information provided to demonstrate how the participants will benefit from attending the WLIS Leadership Workshop
Individual - Grants applications Organisations - Grants applications
  • Applicant’s leadership aspiration
  • Impact/Benefit of the proposed course/training to the applicant, the supporting organisation or the sport
  • Quality of the application, with sufficient information provided to demonstrate how the proposed project/training will benefit the applicant to progress on their leadership pathway
  • The proposed project will enhance the leadership capabilities of the participants
  • The proposed project has well planned timeline, milestones and measurable objectives and outcomes
  • The proposed budget is balanced, realistic, well justified and represents good value for money, and with organisation contribution if possible
  • The organisation will provide follow-up leadership development with the project participants
  • Quality of the application, with sufficient information provided to demonstrate how the proposed project will benefit the participants to progress on their leadership pathway

Successful applications demonstrated:

  • Consistency with the objective of the WLIS program - to provide women with development opportunities to reach their leadership potential in the sport industry.
  • A flow on effect to the organisation and the community, especially if the project increased opportunities for other females and/or provided female role models.
  • The project would lead to ongoing opportunities for the applicants/participants.
  • The identification of a solution to an existing leadership gap e.g. a lack of high level female officials.
  • A clear understanding of project objectives, costs, completion dates and expected outcomes (grant applications only).
  • Good value for money – e.g. a detailed budget that included reasonable and eligible costs and/or the organisation provided a quality leadership course targeted at multiple female participants (organisation grant applications only).
  • An appropriate financial contribution from the organisation (organisation grant applications only).

Thank you to all applicants for your interest in the WLIS program and your ongoing commitment to promoting women in leadership roles within sport.

We anticipate that applications for the 2020 WLIS program will open in August/September 2019.

If you have any further queries, please contact the WLIS team at wlis@sportaus.gov.au.

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