We have identified the below funding sources as potentially being appropriate for women looking to upskills themselves or to support our administrators in the running of swim schools.

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ACT – Women’s Sport and Recreation Participation & Leadership Program

Provides funding to eligible individuals, clubs and organisations in the ACT to support participation, education and training activities that enhance the availability of participation opportunities for women and girls in the ACT and the abilities for females to take on leadership roles in the sector. Applications close 6 December 2021.

Women & Leadership Australia – Scholarships

Apply for a partial scholarship of $1000 – $5000 to enrol in these leadership courses targeting early career managers, mid-level managers and senior and executive leaders. Applications close Wednesday 15th December 2021 unless allocated prior.

Cadbury Get in the Game Grants

the $150k grants program is open for eight weeks and invites all grassroots girls’ sporting clubs and associations in Australia, to register for their opportunity to win a CADBURY Get in the Game Grant. Grant winners will receive up to $5k worth of funds to support the purchase and design of new female-friendly sporting attire, to navigate uniform barriers and ensure ongoing participation. Registrations will close on Friday the 10th of December 2021.

Change Our Game Scholarship Grants (Victoria)

The Change Our Game Scholarship Grants Program provides funding to assist women to access professional learning and development opportunities to enhance skills in sport and recreation leadership and management. Offered through the Victorian Government’s Office for Women in Sport and Recreation (OWSR), the Program offers grants of up to $10,000 to individuals and organisations. Applications currently closed.

Women Leaders in Sport 

Offered by Sport Australia, this program provides women throughout Australia with opportunities to undertake professional development courses and training which support their leadership journeys. Up to $10k is available for women, with tiered amounts for different stages of the leadership journey.  Applications currently closed.

Funding Source: the Skills & Training Incentive (National)

Overview: This initiative assists you to build skills and plan the next stage of your job or career and helps both individuals and businesses to better prepare and adapt to changes in the economy. The Skills and Training Incentive provides up to $2200 (GST inclusive) to jointly fund training to help you build skills to remain in the workforce longer.

Eligibility: You are eligible for the Incentive if you:

  • are aged 45–70;
  • are an Australian citizen or permanent resident;
  • are currently employed OR recently unemployed (within nine months) and not registered with an Australian Government employment services provider;
  • have completed a Skills Checkpoint assessment that identified training opportunities through the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program.

Funding Source: Smart & Skilled (NSW)

Overview: Smart and Skilled is helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers. It provides eligible students with an entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including certificate III and government funding for higher level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas. There are specific pre-approved courses that can be applied for.

Eligibility: To be eligible you must be: 15years old or over; no longer at school; living or working in NSW; an Australian citizen, permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.

Funding Source: Higher Level Skills (QLD)

Overview:  This program provides eligible individuals with access to a subsidised training places in selected certificate IV level or above qualifications, and priority skill sets. The aim is to assist individuals to gain the higher level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in priority industries, to transition to university to continue their studies. There are specific pre-approved courses that can be applied for.

Eligibility: Complete the checklist to find out if you’re eligible.

Funding Source: Small Business Fees & Charges Rebate (NSW)

Overview: If you are a sole trader, the owner of a small business or a not-for-profit organisation in NSW, you may be eligible for a small business fees and charges rebate of $1,500. This rebate helps businesses recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and encourages growth by reducing the cost of running a business. Eligible businesses or not-for-profits only need to apply for the rebate once, but can submit multiple claims until the full value of $1,500 is reached. Funds can be used to offset the costs of eligible NSW and local government fees and charges; including, food authority licences, liquor licences, tradesperson licences, event fees, outdoor seating fees, council rates.

Eligibility: To be eligible for this rebate, small businesses (including non-employing sole traders) and not-for-profit organisations must:

  • have total Australian wages below the NSW Government 2020-2021 payroll tax threshold of $1.2 million
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) registered in NSW and/or have business premises physically located and operating in NSW
  • be registered for goods and services tax (GST)
  • provide a declaration that the business has a turnover of at least $75,000 per year.

Funding Source: Women’s Return to Work Grant (ACT)

Overview: The grant provides $1,000 funding to individual women on low incomes who have been out of the workforce for more than 12 months due to caring responsibilities at some point in their lives. Can be used to support enrolment in short courses, paying for childcare to attend interviews as well as more formalised training and education. It may also provide support for the purchase of equipment or clothing directly related to women’s return to work.

Eligibility: An individual must meet the following criteria:

  • low income (based on centrelink means testing);
  • have been out of the workforce due to caring responsibilities for 12 months or more at any time in their life;
  • not worked for more than four months (full-time or part-time equivalent) during the past 12 months;
  • not currently employed;
  • not currently on maternity, or paid/ unpaid leave;
  • plan to return to paid work within the next 12 months;
  • has been a resident of the ACT for more than three months (residency requirements may be waived if applicant has relocated to escape domestic violence);
  • is not receiving financial support for all training and related costs through a Jobs Services Australia provider or through ACT Government assistance such as Canberra Institute of Technology scholarships while participating in this program; and
  • not previously received the ACT Women’s Return to Work Grant.