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The 2018 Investing in Women funding program has now closed. The program provided a share of $400,000 in funding to fourteen projects that support the economic empowerment and leadership of women.

View the successful 2018 Investing in Women funding projects.

The Investing in Women funding program funds NSW organisations to develop and implement projects that support:

  • the economic opportunity and advancement,
  • participation and empowerment, and
  • leadership of women in NSW.

Increasing women’s participation leads to benefits for individuals, families and the community. Advancing the role, status and contribution of women and girls in our communities will grow the talent pool available for the workforce, encourage more diversity and flexibility for women and men in the workplace, and result in increased innovation, productivity and prosperity.

What projects the NSW Government looked to fund in 2018

The 2018 Investing in Women funding program funded projects that addressed one or more of the seven program focus areas:

  1. women’s economic opportunity and advancement
  2. equitable workplaces for women and men
  3. women in small business
  4. women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers
  5. women in male-dominated trades
  6. women in leadership roles
  7. leadership pathways for young women.

Funding categories

The 2018 Investing in Women funding program funded projects according to stages of development. There were three categories of grant funding available for this grant round. A total of $400,000 was available in this round.

Explore and scope Up to $25,000 Projects that are at an early stage and organisations are looking to explore and develop a project.
Test and grow Up to $50,000 Projects that have been scoped and investigated and are ready to be tested or projects that have been tested and are showing positive outcomes and seek testing/piloting on a larger scale.
Replication and sustainability Up to $100,000 Projects that have been tested and show strong outcomes, have demonstrated ongoing viability and are looking to be taken to the next level of impact and self-sustainability.

Priority groups

Projects that supported high quality activity, engagement and participation with the following priority groups were prioritised for funding:

  • women living and/or working in regional NSW
  • Aboriginal women
  • women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
  • young women
  • women with disabilities
  • older women, and/or
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) women.

Who could apply?

Applicants must have been a legally constituted Australian based entity. This included:

  • Not-for-profit organisations, including community organisations
  • Universities
  • Sole traders/entrepreneurs
  • Local councils and shires, including regional organisations of councils and consortia of councils
  • Industry bodies and the private sector working in partnership with the community or government on initiatives directly supporting women and girls
  • For-profit organisations must demonstrate that the activities being applied for are being delivered on a not-for-profit basis.

Contact Women NSW

If you have any questions about the grants that are not covered in the funding guidelines, please contact Women NSW:

Last updated: 13 Mar 2019
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