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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

Organisation development grants

The WLIS Organisation Development Grants program supports national and state sporting organisations to inspire and develop women to become leaders in sport. Open to organisations to apply for grants to build leadership competencies and capabilities, for women in sport.

The maximum grant amount is $20,000 (excl. GST) to support projects that may include but are not limited to:

Important dates

Applications are now closed

  • Applications open: 9:30am (AEDT) Friday 12 February 2021
  • Applications close: 5:00pm (AEDT) Wednesday 17 March 2021

Projects that increase the number of females in leadership positions both on and off the field.

Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Projects that lead to the improved support, development, pathways and visibility of female coaches, officials, and Executive roles.
  • Initiatives that recognise and increase visibility of female role models to inspire women and girls.
  • Projects that target youth engagement to support young women and girls in leadership roles.

Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Projects that build a positive, gender inclusive culture across the organisation.
  • Projects that increase the effectiveness of boards and management in relation to building gender inclusive cultures including improvements to policies, performance, stakeholder relationships, strategic planning and whole of sport communication.

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.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for the WLIS Organisation Development Grants, an organisation must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • Be, or be a state/territory sporting organisation of, a national sporting organisation recognised by Sport Australia. For a list of the organisations recognised by Sport Australia please see the Australian Sports Directory.
  • Apply for support for a project on women’s leadership and/or capability development.
  • Commence the project in 2021, but has not been commenced when the application is submitted.
  • Have no outstanding acquittal and/or reporting requirements with Sport Australia.
  • Not be an organisation named by 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”.

Eligible expenditure items

The organisation grant funding can be used towards the following items:

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

Ineligible expenditure items

Some examples of ineligible expenditure items are:

  • venue hire
  • catering
  • accommodation
  • administration costs
  • staff wages
  • materials and resource costs
  • professional development of staff that the organisation should reasonably fund as part of business as usual
  • projects that have already commenced or been completed.

Organisation grant recipients’ responsibilities

Organisation grant recipients are required to:

  • Enter into a grant agreement with Sport Australia and abide by the terms and conditions of the agreement.
  • Complete an acquittal (including receipts) and report using the templates provided by Sport Australia and return it to Sport Australia within 30 days of the completion of the supported project.

Child safe

Sport Australia is committed to the safety of children as outlined in our Child Safe Commitment Statement and Child Safe Policy.

Our recognised NSOs are required to adopt, implement, and enforce policies that support safe environments for children and that are compliant with relevant child protection legislation.

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is a participating organisation in the National Redress Scheme and has implemented the Australian Governments Grant Connected Policy. This means organisations named in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and/or named in applications to the National Redress Scheme who fail to join will be ineligible for funding from the ASC.

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 Email), 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 Email.
  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 Email (Activity).
    2. Attend an allocated Leadership Workshop (Workshop) conducted by Sport Australia, if detailed in their Successful Email.
    3. Promptly notify Sport Australia of anything reasonably likely to affect the completion of the Activity or attendance at the Workshop.
    4. Not do anything to bring the Recipient, the Program or Sport Australia into disrepute
    5. Only use the Grant for the purpose of undertaking the Activity.
    6. Keep records detailing the use and expenditure of the Grant, and make them available to Sport Australia or its authorised representatives, on request.
    7. 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.
    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.
    3. The Recipient will not complete the Activity or has otherwise breached any of their obligations under this Agreement,

    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 I) 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 in relation to publicity initiatives regarding the Program.
  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. Sport Australia reserves the right to cancel, suspend, postpone or vary the nature of the Workshop at any time and for any reason. Sport Australia will not be liable to any person for any loss, damage or claim arising from the Workshop or such variation, cancellation, suspension, or postponement.
  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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