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2022 NSW Women's Week Grants


The NSW Government is encouraging not-for-profit community organisations and local councils within NSW to apply for a grant to hold events and activities that celebrate women during NSW Women’s Week between 7-13 March 2022.

NSW Women’s Week provides local organisations with an opportunity to give back by delivering education, mentoring and participation activities that benefit local women and girls. Women across NSW make important contributions at work, in our families, communities and neighborhoods.

The total grant funding is $100,000 which will comprise of individual grants from $3,000 to $5,000 (exclusive of GST).

Grants objective

Events must promote at least one of the three priorities of the NSW Women’s Strategy 2018-2022: women’s economic opportunity and advancement, health and wellbeing, and participation and empowerment.

1. Economic opportunity and advancement

  • Fund events/activities that celebrate and promote women's financial wellbeing and security.
  • Fund events/activities that promote diverse and flexible employment opportunities for women and girls.
  • Fund events/activities that celebrate and promote women in diverse employment categories/industries.

An example of an event/activity that may fit into this category is a financial information session for women.

2. Health and wellbeing

  • Fund events/activities that celebrate, promote and support a holistic approach to women's health across the lifespan.

An example of an event/activity that may fit into this category is a school information session for girls on healthy body image.

3. Participation and empowerment

  • Fund events/activities that promote women's engagement through social networks, access to information and building confidence using diverse representations of women and girls including Aboriginal women and girls.
  • Fund events/activities that demonstrate support and communication to culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities as well people living in regional and rural NSW.
  • Fund events/activities inclusive of those who identify as lesbian bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) people.

An example of an event/activity that may fit into this category is a library and resource information hub sharing/promoting their services.

Use of grant funding

Grant funding can be used for the direct costs of the event/activity, including promotion, entertainment, catering, venue hire and transport for participants.

Grants cannot be used to fund the following:

  • Any activity of a commercial nature that is for profit.
  • Capital works including building work.
  • Permanent salaries/wages (costs for temporary tutors/instructors for your project or event can be included).
  • Permanent equipment purchases for example tables and computers.
  • Business as usual costs or general operating expenses.
  • Events that encourage gambling such as bingo, or the consumption of alcohol.
  • Projects and activities coordinated by NSW Government Departments and Statutory Authorities.

Who can apply?

  • All Incorporated not-for-profit community organisations that are registered and approved as not-for-profit bodies by NSW Fair Trading.
  • NSW local councils (and their section 355 committees) operating under the Local Government Act (1993) are obliged to cash match or provide in-kind support up to the value of $5000.

Application timelines  

The grant round is open from Monday 11 October 9am (AEST) and closes Monday 15 November 2021 11.59pm (AEST). Applicants will be notified of the outcome in January/February 2022.

Late applications will not be accepted.

To apply, please read the funding guidelines, and submit your application using the SmartyGrants Portal.


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Last updated: 25 Jan 2022