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Grants and Funding

Women Leaders in Sport

Development Grant for Individuals

The WLIS Development Grants support individual women to gain skills, knowledge and qualifications to progress on their leadership pathway with up to $3,000 to support course or training fees. Considerations may be given to support travel and accommodation costs borne by successful recipients residing in rural/remote areas for attending the approved course/training.

Lauren Jackson with kids playing basketball

Applications are now closed.

Development Grant for Organisations

The WLIS Development Grants support sporting organisations to run leadership development training and workshops for women, with up to $20,000 to cover eligible expenses. Co-contribution is expected from sporting organisations which are financially healthy.

Grant participant in action

Applications are now closed.

For individuals

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for an individual development grant, you must be:

  • female
  • aged 18 years or over
  • an Australian citizen or have been granted permanent residence status
  • involved in a paid or volunteer capacity at a local, state or national level in the sport industry for the duration of the project
  • supported by a sporting organisation that is, or is affiliated with, a national sporting organisation recognised by Sport Australia. The supporting organisation must confirm that the individual is involved in a paid or volunteer capacity at a local, state or national level in the sport industry, and that their organisation supports the application.
  • applying to fund a course/training that commences in 2019
  • for new WLIS grants recipients, available to attend a WLIS Individual Leadership Workshop at the residential state or as appropriate, and
  • free from any outstanding previous grant acquittals and/or reporting requirements, if you are a previous grant recipient.

Eligible expenditure items:

  • The grant funding for individuals can only be used for course fees.

Receiving a grant

Individual grant recipients must:

  • accept the grant agreement and abide by its terms and conditions
  • complete a project report using the template provided by Sport Australia, and return it to Sport Australia within 30 days of the completion of the funded course/training;
  • promptly notify Sport Australia if you are no longer involved in a paid or volunteer capacity at a local, state or national level in the sport industry for the duration of the project, and
  • attend one of the 2019 WLIS Leadership Workshop which will be based on the applicant’s residential address, and at the discretion of Sport Australia.

For organisations

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for the WLIS Organisation Leadership Development Grants, an organisation must:

  • be, or be affiliated with, a national or state sporting organisation that is recognised by Sport Australia.
  • apply for support for a project on women leadership development;
  • commence the proposed project in 2019; and
  • if previous WLIS grant recipients, have no outstanding acquittal and/or reporting requirements.

Eligible expenditure items:

  • course fees,
  • presenter fees
  • long distance travel (>200km) for presenters and participants, e.g. airfares, coach/bus/train tickets, car hire/petrol reimbursements, and
  • translator or interpreter costs.

Ineligible expenditure items

  • venue hire,
  • catering,
  • accommodation,
  • administration costs, and
  • materials and resources.

Receiving a grant

Organisation grant recipients must:

  • accept the grant agreement and abide by its terms and conditions
  • maintain accurate and complete records (including receipts) of the expenditure of the grant; and
  • complete a project report and an acquittal report and return to Sport Australia within 30 days of completing the funded project.
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