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Women Leaders in Sport Grants

The Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) grant 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 grant program is to provide female administrators, coaches and officials with opportunities to undertake intermediate or advanced training within an existing pathway in the sports industry to reach their leadership potential.

2016 WLIS applications are now closed!

There are two types of grants available:

  1. Individual grant of up to $5,000 per annum, or
  2. Organisation grant of up to $10,000 per annum. 

Grants are available in the following categories:

  • Coaching
  • Communications, media and marketing
  • Governance (board/committees)
  • Management and administration
  • Officiating

As part of the WLIS grant program, the ASC conducts a two-day sport leadership workshop for grant recipients.  The workshop aims to develop the participant’s leadership capabilities to progress within sport as an administrator, coach or official, and to enable them to effectively manage the challenges within their sport and life in general.

Attendance at one of the 2016 WLIS Leadership Workshops is mandatory to all 2016 WLIS grant recipients.

All organisation grant recipients must nominate an aspiring female leader from within the organisation who is participating in the WLIS grant funded project to attend the workshop.

Key Information

Description Timeframe
Applications open 15 Aug
Applications close (7:00pm AEST) 9 Sep
Supporting Documentation due 25 Sep
Grant recipients notified of outcome Dec 2015
Grant payments activated Dec 2015

2016 WLIS Leadership Workshops*
- Adelaide
- Sydney
- Brisbane
- Melbourne
- Melbourne

27-28 Feb 2016
19-20 Mar 2016
02-03 Apr 2016
16-17 Apr 2016
30 Apr-1 May

2016 Recipient project reports and acquittals due 31 Dec 2016

*The ASC covers the cost of flights, accommodation and some meals for the WLIS Leadership Workshop and this does not need to be factored into Grant applications.

Contact Us

For any questions, please contact the Women Leaders in Sport grant program administrators by Email:

Download a print friendly version of the 2016 WLIS Information Booklet.

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