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Women Leaders in Sport Grant Program

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.

There are two types of grants available:

  1. Individual grant of up to $5,000 per annum
  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.  

Applications are Opening Soon

Key Information

Description Timeframe
Applications open 15 July 2015
Applications close 26 August 2015 at 7:00pm AEDT
Supporting Documentation due 26 September 2015
Grant recipients notified of outcome November 2015
Grant payments activated December 2015
2016 WLIS Leadership Workshops

6-7 February 2016 – Brisbane

27-28 February 2016 - Adelaide

19-20 March 2016 - Sydney

16-17 April 2016 - Melbourne

2016 Recipient project reports and acquittals due 31 December 2016


Other Opportunities

AIS Centre for Performance Coaching and Leadership

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Centre for Performance Coaching and Leadership was established to deliver world best approaches to learning and development, formalise pathways for professional development for coaches and performance leaders, drive research and encourage innovation. The Centre offers several programs including the Performance Coach Program (for emerging performance coaches), the Podium Coach Program (tailored to head coaches and senior coaches), and the Performance Leaders Program (available to leaders in the high performance sports sector, including performance directors and CEOs). All programs will be delivered via a series of face-to-face residential labs, immersive experiences, project work, mentoring, individual assessment and regular feedback and reflection.

The AIS Centre for Performance Coaching and Leadership also offers a range of open learning opportunities throughout the year, including seminars from world best content providers and study tours. The Open Program provides performance coaches and leaders with an alternative pathway to access flexible performance development opportunities.

For more information on the AIS Centre for Performance Coaching and Leadership and the programs offered please visit the AIS Centre for Performance Coaching and Leadership website.

National Officiating Scholarships

The National Officiating Scholarships are provided by the Australian Sports Commission and aim to assist the development of emerging high performance officials by enabling them to undertake professional development and identified training activities to improve their skills and to fast track them through a recognised pathway to officiate within the elite level of their chosen sport.

The individualised scholarships are conducted over a calendar year, and provide support in a variety of areas such as high level practical officiating experience, accreditation advancement, sports psychology services, sports recovery support services and further development opportunities.  Each scholarship official also works with a mentor who assists them for the duration of their scholarship. The ASC conducts an induction workshop for scholarship officials and their mentors, and provides ongoing support and monitoring throughout the program.

For further information, please visit the National Officiating Scholarships website.

Women in Sport Leadership Register

The ASC has identified the promotion of women in leadership roles in sport as a key priority, and also recognised that a pathway for qualified female leaders was required for recipients of the Women Leaders in Sport grant program.  As a result, the ASC has established the Women in Sport Leadership Register (WiSLR), which is designed to assist in the placement of women on boards within sport.

The WiSLR is a free service for qualified women and National Sporting Organisations looking to connect. Women with qualifications, experience and interest in gaining leadership roles within NSO’s are encouraged to submit their details online for consideration to be included in the Women in Sport Leadership Register.

For further information on the Women in Sport Leadership Register, and to register your interest, please visit the Women in Sport Leadership Register website.

Other Programs

Applicants may find other relevant funding programs through:

Contact Us

For any questions, please contact the Women Leaders in Sport grant program administrators on:
Phone: (02) 6214 1210

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