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Women Leaders in Sport Grants

The Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) program is an Australian Government initiative that is managed by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) in partnership with the Office for Women.

The objective of the WLIS program is to provide women with development opportunities to reach their leadership potential in the sports industry.

Since its inception in 2002, WLIS has supported over 23,000 women in sport for leadership development. WLIS has been highly regarded in the Australian sport community. Many notable women leaders in sport are previous recipients of WLIS.

WLIS in 2017 comprises of the following components:

  1. Individual Development Grants,
  2. Organisation Leadership Development Grants, and
  3. Stepping In program. 

Outcomes of 2017 Applications for Individual and Organisation Grants

There was an overwhelming response to the 2017 WLIS grant program with 318 applications received by the ASC requesting more than the amount of funding available. The standard of applications was also extremely high, and as a result, the 2017 grant process was highly competitive, with only 92 applications deemed successful.You can find more information on the 2017 WLIS Grants program in our Information Booklet.

Assessment of Applications

All applications were assessed against the following four key assessment criteria:

  1. Quality of the application,
  2. Benefit of the proposed project to the applicant/participants,
  3. Benefit of the proposed project to the supporting organisation or the sport, and
  4. Value for money of the proposed project.
  Successful applications of the proposed projects have demonstrated that they:
  • Are consistent with the objective of the WLIS grant program - to provide women with development opportunities to reach their leadership potential in the sport industry.
  • Are well-articulated and have a clear understanding of project objectives, costs, completion dates and expected outcomes.
  • Have displayed good value for money – e.g. a detailed budget that included reasonable and eligible costs and/or the organisation provided a quality leadership course targeted at multiple female participants.
  • Have identified a solution to an existing leadership gap e.g. a lack of high level female officials.
  • For organisation grants, have included an appropriate financial contribution from the organisation.
  • Have demonstrated a flow on affect to the organisation and the community, especially if the project increased opportunities for other females and/or provided female role models.
  • Lead to ongoing opportunities for the applicants/participants.
Thank you to all applicants for your interest in the WLIS grants program and your ongoing commitment to promoting women in leadership roles within sport.

We anticipate that grant applications for the 2018 WLIS grant program will open in August 2017.

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