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Grants for Women Program (WA)


This program aims to provide funding support for initiatives based in Western Australian that address the unique issues faced by women.

There are two levels of funding available:
- Up to $5,000 for one-off activities or initiatives, with a duration of up to six months that contribute to the program’s priority areas.
- Up to $10,000 for longer term (six to 12 months), strategic initiatives involving a range of partners that will contribute to creating sustainable or systemic change in the program’s priority areas.

Applications must align to at least one of the following two identified priority areas of the Plan:
- Safety and justice: Women live safely and have appropriate access to adequate legal protections.
- Economic independence: Women can be financially independent throughout all life stages.

Applicants are advised to contact the Grants Officer to discuss their project and the potential level of funding available.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants must be:
- An incorporated, not-for-profit, community sector organisation.
- A Western Australian Local Government Authority.
- An unincorporated organisation or community group, applying through the auspice of an incorporated body or a local government authority.

Eligible Activities

Eligible expenditure include:
- Resource materials and publication costs.
- Equipment and venue hire.
- Publicity, communications and marketing.
- Food and non-alcoholic beverages for community engagement activities.
- Project staff and consultants, directly related to the project.
- Intrastate travel.
- Project evaluation.
- Childcare provided by qualified providers in an accredited setting for women participating in the project.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- The project aligns with at least one of the two priority areas of Economic Indepence and Safety and Justice identified in the State Government’s Stronger Together: WA’s Plan for Gender Equality.
- The project demonstrates positive and long-lasting benefits for the women involved and the broader community, where applicable.
- The project demonstrates community need through consultation, research and planning.
- Evidence of sound planning and ability to manage the project, including clearly defined project outcomes that address the program priority areas, and project evaluation to measure the effectiveness, feasibility and sustainability of the initiative.
- Value for money. Will consider outperforming arcDUG status. The requested grant amount is reasonable given the aim of the project, number of participants and expected outcomes for women.

The Department of Communities may prioritise applications:
- That respond to the gendered impacts of COVID-19 by supporting targeted pathways to women’s social and economic recovery.
- That provide innovative approaches to achieving the program’s priority areas.
- That are delivered in collaboration with other organisations.
- To ensure a range of projects across Western Australia are supported.


The following are ineligible for funding:
- Purchase of infrastructure and capital equipment
- Prizes and gifts, including cash
- Interstate and overseas travel
- Retrospective costs (any money spent before a grant is approved)
- Fundraising activities
- Commonwealth or state government agencies
- Individuals
- Commercial, for-profit organisations
- Unincorporated, community sector organisations (unless applying through an incorporated body or a local government authority)
- Organisations located in the Indian Ocean Territories

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of restrictions.

Documentation Uploaded
Application Form 2021-08-19 Download
Guidelines 2021-08-19 Download
Recipients 2021-06-30 Download

Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator

Status Pending
Opening Date 17 Aug 2021
Start By Date 28 Sep 2021
Closing Date 12 Oct 2021
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Funding Type Grant
Max.Funding $10,000
Total Funding Pool $84,847(Est)
Co-contribution No
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
CommunityServices : Other
Gender Women
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
Western Australia
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier State
Department of Communities
Program Administrator
Department of Communities
General WebsiteVisit
Program Website Visit
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