Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services

    Women’s grants program now open for applications

    12/10/2020 8:00 AM
    • $10,000 grants available to implement projects addressing gender inequality
    • Grants supporting targets identified through 'Stronger Together: WA's Plan for Gender Equality'
    • Community service organisations and local governments across Western Australia encouraged to apply by Thursday, November 26 

    Grants of up to $10,000 are available for community organisations and local governments to implement projects that focus on the unique issues faced by Western Australian women.


    Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk today announced that the McGowan Government's Grants for Women program is open for applications.


    The funding is available through the Department of Communities to support projects that align with the vision, outcomes and actions detailed in 'Stronger Together: WA's Plan for Gender Equality' by addressing one or more of its priority areas:

    • Health and Wellbeing;
    • Safety and Justice;
    • Economic Independence; and
    • Leadership. 

    While significant advances have been made to remove barriers faced by women, there is still work to do to achieve gender equality and bring about lasting solutions in the community.


    Stronger Together: WA's Plan for Gender Equality provides a roadmap for industries, communities, governments and individuals to drive change.


    Grants are available for eligible organisations to deliver a range of projects, with up to $5,000 available for one-off activities or initiatives that contribute to the program's priority areas, and up to $10,000 for longer-term strategic initiatives that will contribute to creating sustainable or systemic change.


    Priority will be given to projects that:

    • respond to the gendered impacts of COVID-19 by supporting targeted pathways to women's social and economic recovery;
    • provide innovative approaches to achieving the program's priority areas;
    • are delivered in collaboration with other organisations; and
    • ensure a regional spread of funding across WA. 

    More information on the Grants for Women program can be found on the Department of Communities website.


    Applications close on Thursday, November 26, 2020.


    Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk:


    "Women continue to face inequities and barriers for no other reason than their gender, and the McGowan Government continues to prioritise work to address this.


    "These $10,000 grants encourage local governments and community service organisations to create and implement new projects that drive better outcomes for women in key areas of safety, wellbeing, economic independence and leadership.


    "I am confident the grant program will add further emphasis to the many positive outcomes already being achieved through the Stronger Together: WA's Plan for Gender Equality.


    "Women deserve equality in every aspect of life. This grant program will help remove barriers and see local government and community service organisations at the forefront of that approach."


    Minister's office - 6552 6600