Grants and Scholarships
The Sport Leadership Grants and Scholarships for Women program is an Australian Government initiative that is managed by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) in partnership with the Australian Government Office for Women.
The Sport Leadership Grants and Scholarships for Women program provides women with opportunities to undertake training to reach their leadership potential within the industry as coaches, officials and administrators. In 2013-14, the Australian Government has committed $400,000 to be distributed through the SLGSfW. As a result, grants of up to $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organisations per annum, and scholarships of up to $10,000 per annum over three years, are available. Grants and scholarships are available in the following categories:
- management and administration
- communications, media and marketing.
|2013-14 Applications opened||10 March 2013|
|2013-14 Applications closed||26 April 2013 at 11.59pm EST|
|2013-14 Grant recipients notified of outcome||July 2013|
|2013-14 Grant payments activated||July 2013|
|2013-14 Recipient project reports and acquittals due||
Monday 30 June 2014
2013-14 Applications are now closed.
Applications for the 2013-14 Sport Leadership Grants and Scholarships for Women program have now closed. Any applications submitted after 26 April 2013 will be ineligible for funding.
Supporting Documentation Requirements
All applicants will be required to include a supporting organisation contact, or a secondary contact within the organisation. This contact must hold a position with the organisation and must have an email address different from the applicant’s email.
Upon submission of the application, your supporting organisation will receive an automated email for the nominated person to validate and support your application. For an organisation grant, your nominated secondary contact in the organisation will receive an automated email to validate and support your application. A response from the supporting organisation or secondary contact is a requirement to validate your application.
Please note that the validation and support from the organisation is only used to validate the application as per the eligibility. Only the information provided in the application will be used in the assessment process.
All applicants are reviewed for eligibility purposes. All applications deemed to be eligible for funding are assessed by an Internal Assessment Committee comprising representatives from the ASC specialising in the related categories. Applications are shortlisted and undertake a final assessment by an External Assessment Committee including representatives from The Australian Sports Commission, The Office for Women and National Sporting Organisations.
The Assessment Committee nominates the amount of funding allocated to successful applicants, which in some cases, may be less than the requested grant amount. The Assessment Committee may also elect to nominate a Scholarship applicant for an Individual grant.
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 and communicate with the supporting organisation to ensure the validation of support has been provided to the ASC. It is important that applicants do not assume the ASC has detailed information about your organisation, or that you or your organisation will automatically receive funding because you have previously been successful.
In assessing each application, the assessment panel will take the following into consideration:
|Key Assessment Criteria|
|Suitablity of the project||The project is consistent with the objective of the SLGSfW to provide women with opportunities to undertake training to reach their leadership potential within the industry as coaches, officials and administrators.|
|Course impact||The applicant can define how they and the organisation will benefit from the course and how the course will benefit the community, for example, by increasing the number of female role models.|
|Project budget||The applicant can provide a detailed budget that is:
2. Well justified
3. Good value for money
|Ongoing opportunities||The applicant can define how the project will lead to ongoing opportunities for themself and the organisation by progressing along their career pathway, developing better community links and providing aspiring female leaders in the sport industry.|
Individuals and organisations awarded 2013-14 SLGSfW funding were informed of the outcome in July 2013. The ASC notified all successful applicants with an official letter via email. This provided detailed information regarding the approved grant amount and course/activity funded, as well as requirements of the grant.
The ASC will pay the approved amount to the recipient from July 2013 upon receiving the required paperwork as outlined in the official successful letter. Payments will be electronically transferred to the bank account that was nominated by you or the organisation through the application process. All individual grsants and scholarship must be paid to the individual’s personal bank account and not to the organisation or alternate business account.
All successful individual grant and scholarship recipients are encouraged to submit a Statement by a Supplier (SBS) form before a payment can be processed. In completing the SBS form the grant recipient is simply stating that they are conducting the course as a private recreational pursuit or hobby and not as a business/enterprise. Organisations are also encouraged to submit a SBS form if an Australian Business Number (ABN) is not supplied in the application.
There was an overwhelming response to the SLGSfW program in 2013-14 with 344 applications received by the ASC requesting more than four times the amount of funding available. The standard of applications was also extremely high, and as a result, the 2013-14 grant process was highly competitive, with only 1 in 6 applications, or 60 applications, deemed successful.
Assessment of Applications
All applications were assessed against the published criteria for funding. Representatives from the ASC, the Office for Women and representatives from national sporting organisations reviewed and assessed the applications on the following four key assessment criteria:
1. Suitability of the project
2. Course impact
3. Project budget
4. Ongoing opportunities
- Displayed good value for money – eg. a detailed budget that included reasonable and eligible costs and/or the organisation provided a quality leadership course targeted at multiple female participants.
- Project was well articulated and had a clear understanding of project objectives, costs, completion dates and expected outcomes.
- Project identified a solution to an existing leadership gap. eg. a lack of high level female officials.
- Included a contribution (financial or other) from the related organisation and individual – eg. personal leave to attend course, opportunities for higher position within organisation or on a Board.
- Showed evidence of progression along an existing pathway to reach their leadership potential – eg: progressing to the next level/grade and/or advanced courses.
- 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.
- Project leads to ongoing opportunities for the applicant or for the organisation.
Thank you to all applicants for your interest in the SLGSfW Program and your ongoing commitment to promoting women in leadership roles within sport. Thank you also to the ASC’s partners - the Office for Women and national sporting organisations, who assisted the Commission in reviewing and assessing the SLGSfW Program applications.
Other Funding Opportunities
Sport Leadership Grants and Scholarships for Women applications for the 2014-15 funding period will open in March 2014.
All recipients must complete the project and expend the grant after 1 July 2013 and in accordance with the details provided to the ASC by the applicant in their application. A project report template will be emailed to recipients in October 2013 and a completed report must be provided to the ASC within 30 days of the completion of the project and no later than 30 June 2014. The 2013-14 project report templates are also available for downloading under Related downloads at the bottom of this page.
All recipients must maintain complete and accurate records and accounts detailing the use and expenditure of the grant and provide access to these records and accounts by the ASC or its authorised representatives for the purposes of copying the records and auditing the applicant’s use and expenditure of the grant.
A personalised project acquittal template will be emailed to all recipients in October 2013. The project acquittal will outline the approved grant activities the grant was provided for (previously provided in the successful letter or funding agreement), and the amounts for which the recipient is required to spend accordingly and acquit. Receipts or proof of completion will need to be attached to the completed project acquittal form and returned to the ASC within 30 days of the completion of the project and no later than 30 June 2014. Any unspent funds, or funds not spent in accordance with the terms and conditions or funding agreement will need to be repaid to the ASC. Please note that recipients will not be eligible to apply for future SLGSfW grants until all received grants have been acquitted and there are no outstanding reporting requirements.
If you require another project acquittal template please email us to request another copy, or if you have difficulty completing the reporting requirements please call 02 6214 1111.