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Investing in Women Funding Program

Investing in Women Funding Program

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Applications for the 2018 Investing in Women funding program are now open

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The NSW Government is pleased to continue the Investing in Women funding program in 2018.

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.

Since 2013, Women NSW has delivered five rounds of Investing in Women funding to enhance women’s economic opportunities and leadership in NSW. In 2016-17, ten organisations received a grant under the program. More information about successful projects is available on the Women NSW website.

What projects the NSW Government is looking to fund

The 2018 Investing in Women funding program funds projects that address 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 will fund projects according to stages of development. There are three categories of grant funding available for this grant round. A total of $400,000 is available in this round.

Explore and scopeUp to $25,000Projects that are at an early stage and organisations are looking to explore and develop a project.
Test and growUp to $50,000Projects 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 sustainabilityUp to $100,000Projects 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 will be 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 can apply?

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

  • 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.

How to apply

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

Please do not email additional attachments such as support letters or references – only your response to the application form will be used to assess your application.

Applications open at 9AM (AEST) on Friday 9 March 2018 and close at 11:59PM (AEDT) on Sunday 22 April 2018.

Applications will be assessed on merit against the assessment criteria.

Projects should be ready to commence by July 2018 and be completed before the end of June 2019.

Late applications will not be accepted.


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

Phone: (02) 9248 0800