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WLIS Development Grants

  1. WLIS Development Grants for Individuals
  2. WLIS Development Grants for Organisations
  3. How to Apply
  4. Assessment Consideration

1) WLIS Development Grants for Individuals

The WLIS Development Grants program supports individual women to gain skills, knowledge and qualifications to progress on their leadership pathway.

The maximum grant amount is $3,000 to support course/training fees. Consideration may be given to support travel and accommodation costs borne by successful recipients residing in rural/remote areas for attending the approved course/training.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for the WLIS Individual Development Grants, an applicant must:

  • be female;
  • be aged 18 years or over;
  • be an Australian citizen or have been granted permanent residence status;
  • be involved in a paid or volunteer capacity at a local, state or national level in the sport industry for the duration of the project;
  • be supported by a sporting organisation that is, or is affiliated with, a national sporting organisation recognised by the ASC. The supporting organisation must confirm that the individual is involved in a paid or volunteer capacity at a local, state or national level in the sport industry, and that their organisation supports the application. For a list of the organisations recognised by the ASC please go to the Australian Sports Directory;
  • apply for grant support for a course/training that commences in 2018;
  • for new WLIS grant recipients, be available to attend the 2018 WLIS Individual Leadership Workshop at the residential state or as appropriate; and
  • if previous WLIS grant recipients, have no outstanding acquittal and/or reporting requirements.

Eligible expenditure items

The grant funding for individuals can only be used for course fees. 

Individual grant recipients’ responsibilities

WLIS individual grant recipients are required to:

  • accept the grant agreement and abide by the terms and conditions of the agreement;
  • complete a project report using the report template provided by the ASC and return it to the ASC within 30 days of the completion of the supported course/training;
  • promptly notify the ASC if you are no longer involved in a paid or volunteer capacity at a local, state or national level in the sport industry for the duration of the project, and
  • attend the ASC 2018 WLIS Leadership Workshop.

2) WLIS Development Grants for Organisations

The WLIS Development Grants program supports sporting organisations to run leadership development training/workshops for women.

The maximum grant amount is $20,000 to support for eligible expenditure items as listed below. Co-contribution is expected from sporting organisations which are financially healthy.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for the WLIS Organisation Leadership Development Grants, an organisation must:

  • be, or be affiliated with, a national or state sporting organisation that is recognised by the ASC. For a list of the organisations recognised by the ASC please go to the Australian Sports Directory;
  • apply for support for a project on women leadership development;
  • commence the proposed project in 2018; and
  • if previous WLIS grant recipients, have no outstanding acquittal and/or reporting requirements.

Eligible expenditure items

The grant funding can only be used towards the following items:

  • course fees,
  • presenter fees, long distance travel (>200km) for presenters and participants, e.g., airfares, coach/bus/train tickets, car hire/petrol reimbursements, and
  • translator or interpreter costs.  

Ineligible expenditure items

Some examples of ineligible expenditure items are:

  • venue hire,
  • catering,
  • accommodation,
  • administration costs, and
  • materials and resources costs. 

Organisation grant recipients’ responsibilities

WLIS organisation grant recipients are required to:

  • accept the grant agreement and abide by the terms and conditions of the agreement;
  • maintain accurate and complete records (including receipts) of the expenditure of the grant; and
  • complete the following and return to the ASC within 30 days of the completion of the supported project (templates will be provided by the ASC):
    1. a project report including a participant list, and
    2. an acquittal report.

3) How to Apply

Applications for WLIS Development Grants  are now open, please see WLIS webpage for application options. To complete the application, applicants need to have the following information:

  • the applicant’s personal/organisational details;
  • if applicable, the ‘supporting organisation’ details and contact person details;
  • for Individual grants – the course/training objectives, the course/training fee and the link to the course/training website.
  • for organisation grants – a brief proposed project plan including the objectives, content/program, target participants, timeline, a brief budget, expected outcomes, any follow-up development activities, if any, and
  • the impact/benefit of the proposed project to the applicant, the supporting organisation and/or sport; and
  • the applicant’s bank account details (if the application is successful, grant payments will be made by electronic funds transfer to the nominated account). 

If an applicant has all the information required, the online application process will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. If an application cannot be completed in one session, the applicant can save the application and return to complete at another time using the unique security code provided by the online system.

Submitted applications will be acknowledged through a system-generated email sent to the nominated email address by the applicant, which will include a copy of the submitted application. It is recommended that applicants keep a record of the email, as applicants no longer have access to the applications once they are submitted.

For individual grant applicants, upon submission of an application, the supporting organisation contact will receive an automated email to validate and support the application. Note that the supporting organisation needs to respond to the ASC by the application closing date to confirm the applicant’s eligibility for the application to be complete. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the supporting organisation responds before the application closing date.

4) Assessment Consideration

Each year, the ASC receives a high number of applications for the WLIS program and it is a highly competitive process. Applications are assessed on the information provided in the application. Therefore, it is important that applicants answer all questions with as much relevant detail as possible. The ASC will take into consideration the following in assessing applications:

  • quality of the application;
  • impact/benefit of the proposed project to the applicant/participants;
  • impact/benefit of the proposed project to the supporting organisation or the sport; and
  • value for money of the proposed project.

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