Increased grants to help WA women reach their full potential

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Fourteen community initiatives aimed at supporting and empowering Western Australian women and girls from all walks of life will share $335,000 in State Government funding provided through the Department of Communities for the Women’s Grants for a Stronger Future Program.
Last updated: 10 March 2023
A group photo of seven women - 2022 grant recipient Silver Lining Fashion Fund Inc. - African Women's Safety and Justice Counselling Workshop

In recognition of International Women's Day, Women's Interests, the WA Government announced funding from $7,000 to $100,000 would be made available to 14 WA organisations through the significantly expanded Women's Grants for a Stronger Future 2022-23 Program.

 A significant expansion of the Women's Grants program this year resulted in a total funding increase from $85,000 to $335,000, providing more opportunities to support initiatives that advance gender equality to build a better, fairer and more equitable WA community.

 The grants are spread across the priority areas of women's health and wellbeing, economic independence, safety and justice to align with Stronger Together: WA's Plan for Gender Equality.

 Projects supporting Aboriginal women's leadership and older women were also priorities for this year's program, as were initiatives that aligned with the implementation of the recommendations of the Respect@Work: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces.

 Multicultural Services Centre of WA was awarded the largest grant worth $100,000 to deliver a project called Zero Tolerance and work to create safe, respectful and inclusive workplaces for women.

 Other projects to receive funding include:

  • a Roebourne-based intergenerational cultural transmission project in which young Aboriginal women work alongside Elders, female artists and mentors to build skills as women storytellers and leaders in the community;
  • a project that will pilot a new way of delivering economic empowerment education to women affected by, or at risk of, family and domestic violence; and
  • research exploring the lived experiences of LGBTI women who are carers, paid or unpaid, to focus on their support needs.

For more information on the Women's Grants for a Stronger Future 2022-2023 Program and a list of the 2023 recipients visit Communities' Women's Grants page

Image: 2022 grant recipient Silver Lining Fashion Fund Inc. - African Women's Safety and Justice Counselling Workshop.