Investing in Women grants program boosted to $400,000

Women across NSW are set to benefit from a boost to the latest round of the Investing in Women grants program, as the NSW Government doubles the support on offer to $400,000, NSW Minister for Women Tanya Davies said on Friday.

Mrs Davies said applications are open and urged organisations, with initiatives that promote pathways to leadership and reduce barriers for women entering their chosen fields, to apply.

“While it’s encouraging that we are seeing increasing numbers of women in the workforce, we want to further support gender equity in all industries and at every level,” Mrs Davies said.

Along with double the funding for round six of the program, guidelines have been changed to increase the maximum amount available per grant from $25,000 to $100,000.

“We want this funding to have a renewed focus on supporting proven projects that are sustainable, as well as helping new initiatives come to life,” Mrs Davies said.

The NSW Government is calling for applications in seven key areas:

  •  women’s economic opportunity and advancement;
  •  equitable workplaces for women and men;
  •  women in small business;
  •  women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers;
  •  women in male-dominated trades;
  •  women in leadership roles; and
  • leadership pathways for young women.

Mrs Davies announced the opening of round six at the UN Sydney International Women’s Day Breakfast.

For more information on Investing in Women and how to apply, visit Applications close on Sunday April 22.

Meanwhile, Deputy Premier and Regional NSW Minister John Barilaro recognised the exceptional role women have played in the economy in the past 12 months, with females accounting for 42,000 of the 67,200 new jobs created in regional NSW.

He said on Friday said the 67,200 jobs created in regional NSW last year represented an increase of 6.6% in the last 12 months, with women clearly the driving force behind the outstanding jobs growth.