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Applications for the 2021 Investing in Women Funding Program are now open

The NSW Government is pleased to continue the Investing in Women Funding Program in 2021.
The Investing in Women Funding Program funds NSW organisations to develop and implement projects that support:

  1. Improve women’s financial wellbeing and security and support diverse and flexible employment opportunities for women and girls.
  2. Promote and support a holistic approach to women’s health across the lifespan.
  3. Support women’s engagement through social networks, access to information and building confidence using diverse representation of women and girls.

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.

More than $2.3 million has been awarded to over 91 projects through the Investing in Women program since 2013. Women NSW has delivered eight rounds of Investing in Women funding to enhance women’s economic opportunities and leadership in NSW. More information about successful projects is available in the link at the bottom of this website.

What projects the NSW Government is looking to fund

The 2021 Investing in Women Funding Program seeks to fund innovative projects that will:

  1. Improve women’s financial wellbeing and security and support diverse and flexible employment opportunities for women and girls.
  2. Promote and support a holistic approach to women’s health across the lifespan.
  3. Support women’s engagement through social networks, access to information and building confidence using diverse representation of women and girls.

Funding categories

The 2021 Investing in Women grant program will fund projects according to stages of development. There are three categories for this grant round. A total of $400,000 is available in this round.

CategoryAmountDetails
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 support high quality activity, engagement and participation with the following priority groups have been prioritised for funding:

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

Who can apply?

Applicants must be a legally constituted Australian based entity. This includes:

  • Not-for-profit organisations, including community organisations.
  • 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.

Please refer to the 2021 Grant Guidelines and submit your application via the SmartyGrants portal.

APPLY HERE

Applications open at 10:00 AM (AEST) on Wednesday 31 March 2021 and close at 5:00 PM (AEST) on Friday 23 April 2021.

All eligible applications were assessed on merit against the assessment criteria located in the Grant Guidelines.

Projects should be ready to commence by July 2021 and be completed before the end of June 2022.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Contact Women NSW

Any questions about the 2021 Investing in Women funding program grant that are not covered in the 2021 grant guidelines, please contact Women NSW via email: WomenNSWGrants@facs.nsw.gov.au.

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Last updated: 31 Mar 2021