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Now Open: Advance QLD Female Founders Program

QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Closing: Ongoing applications accepted

The Female Founders program is designed to assist female founders at different stages of the entrepreneurial cycle. Applications are open for the following programs:

Female Founders Impact Program - Delivering capability development activities which focus on confidence, education and skills development. The program is delivered by Impact Innovation Group and options include:

  • Personalised Pathways
  • Mentor Match
  • Learning Links
  • Events and Webinars

Female Founders Advisory Board Program - Delivering the skills and exposure to engage effectively with advisors and to establish best practice governance and advisory foundations in your business to support growth. Delivered by the Advisory Board Centre, programs include:

  • Essentials Program: group sessions designed for female business owners with growth aspirations who need assistance gaining clarity about the type of support they need including confidence, skills and exposure
  • Starter Program: designed to establish best practice governance, business diagnostics and foundations of a structure to support their growth plans


Application Guidelines and eligibility criteria can be accessed at: Female Business Leaders Program Guidelines


Applications can be made online through the Advance QLD Women in Business Application Portal

Further information about these opportunities is available on the official Female Founders Program website

Currently Closed:

NCWQ Inc. 2020 Bursary Program

National Council of Women of Queensland Inc.

Closed: Monday 1 June 2020

The NCWQ provide annual bursaries to females that demonstrate qualities of leadership, community service, perseverance and determination, often despite life’s obstacles, to follow their personal and professional passions. Applications are open to female students in a wide range of areas studying at year 12, Tafe and University. The program offers 40 bursaries from $1 000, each of which has specific eligibility criteria available on the official funding page .

For any queries please contact the Bursary Program Coordinator, Kathy Cavanagh, on 0407 117 378, or [email protected] 

The bursary flyer is also available for download here.

Women and Change Grants

Women and Change

Closed: EOI closes 28 August 2020

The 2020 Women & Change grant round will provide one grant of up to $50,000 to a registered Australian charity that supports people in Queensland communities who are most disadvantaged. Women & Change members are particularly interested in supporting new initiatives that deliver sustainable change.

Expressions of interest (EOI) for this year's funding opportunity are open until 28 August. Any non-profit charity with DGR status can apply for a grant of up to $50,000 to support projects that address social disadvantage in Queensland. The application process consists of two steps, an Expression of Interest round, closing 28 August 2020 and a full application process for shortlisted applicants notified by 30 September. Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 30 September 2020 and will need to complete a full Grant application.


If you are interested in applying for a Grant, please take the time to read the Grant Guidelines.

Further information is also available on the  Women and Change website.


The 2020 Expression of Interest form for initial applications can be found here.

Shortlisted entrants can then access the full Grant Application Form here.

BIO 2020 Female Business Leaders Program

Queensland Government

Closing: Schedule currently under review due to Covid-19 Pandemic

The Advance Queensland BIO 2020 Female Business Leaders Program provides support for three selected Queensland-based female founders and/or leaders to attend the 2020 BIO International Convention in San Diego, USA on 8 – 11 June 2020.   

To be considered for this opportunity, applicants must not have previously attended the convention and should be able to demonstrate the benefits of participating in the 2020 Queensland Mission to BIO, for themselves and their business.
Three Queensland recipients will be awarded:

  • A bursary of $2,000 (excluding GST) to participate in the Queensland Mission to BIO 2020.
  • Registration for the BIO Exhibition on 9-11 June and the Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) conference on 8 June 2020, in San Diego.
  • Invitation to participate in the pre-BIO activities with the Female Leaders cohort and other Queensland delegates.
  • Industry mentoring.
  • Invitation to participate with Team Queensland on the Australia pavilion at BIO 2020, the investment event and Queensland Welcome Reception on 7 June as well as other key meetings and site visits.

Apply now

Further information is available in the guidelines and terms and conditions (PDF 424KB)

Ecstra Women’s Economic Security Project Grants

Ecstra Foundation

Closed: 12 February 2021

The Women’s Economic Security Project Grants support charities and social enterprises building financial well-being through innovative employment opportunities and tailored financial capability tools for women. COVID-19 has exacerbated issues of economic inequality for many women – including barriers to employment participation, the burden of unpaid and lowly paid work, high levels of financial insecurity and inadequate superannuation.

The economic recovery period will be challenging for groups including young women entering the job market, older women seeking work, Indigenous women, refugee and migrant women. The Ecstra grants will support charities and social enterprises who develop and deliver meaningful employment opportunities for women as part of their response to these challenges.

The funding aims to:

  • offer philanthropic support to charities and social enterprises creating meaningful employment opportunities for women who face barriers accessing mainstream paid work
  • support organisations to integrate financial capability and personalised support into the delivery of these initiatives

The intended grant outcomes are:

  • more opportunities for women to access meaningful and secure paid work through an employer, cooperative or their own enterprise – helping them achieve their career and financial goals
  • more women are supported to build their financial capability, confidence and decision making through access to timely, relevant and tailored resources/support
  • to enable charities and social enterprises to scale and share sustainable Initiatives
  • contribute to the evidence base of ‘what works’ in building women’s economic security and financial wellbeing in Australia.

As a guide, funding proposals should be between $50,000 – $300,000 depending on the scale of the initiative and the relative size of the applicant.


Please refer to the following prior to starting a submission: 

Women's Economic Security Project Grant Guidelines

Ecstra’s Funding Principles and Grant Guidelines (provides additional eligibility criteria)

Frequently Asked Questions


Applications must be submitted through Ecstra’s grant management system via this link, on or before midnight AEST on Friday 12 February 2021.

Please contact Ecstra at: [email protected] if you have any questions, need assistance with submitting your application online or wish to apply through another format.

The Centre for Women & Co.’s Scholarship Fund

The Centre for Women & Co.

Closed: 25th February 2021

The Centre for Women & Co's Scholarship Fund is dedicated to empowering women to achieve their potential. The following grants provide funding to support women’s well-being, safety and scholarship throughout the community.

Applications for 2020 are now being taken in the areas of:

  • Business Start-Up - $2500

  • Capital Purchase - $2500

  • Education and Training - $2500

  • Nominate a Friend - 2 scholarships available at $1250 each

Guidelines & Applications

1. Read the following documents:

2. Fill in the application forms, available below:

3. Email completed application form, along with supporting documents to:

[email protected]

For queries or further information, please phone: (07) 3050 3060, or email using this online form.

Queensland Government – Investing in Queensland Women Grants

Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Closed: 5 March 2021

The Queensland Government’s Investing in Queensland Women Program provides funding for community initiatives that  help achieve the objectives of the Queensland Women’s Strategy 2016–21 and those that inspire and encourage the Queensland community to respect women, embrace gender equality and promote and protect the rights, interests and wellbeing of women and girls. One-off funding grants of up to $15,000 are available for eligible projects, with a duration of up to 6 months that:


Before starting an application, it is highly recommended that you read the following documents for more information about eligibility and selection criteria and requirements for successful applicants

As part of the application process, you will also need to complete and upload these forms:


Applications can be accessed through SmartyGrants

For queries about the guidelines or application form, please contact Women's Infolink on 1800 177 577 during business hours or email [email protected] and quote your submission number.

Now Open: National Women’s Alliances Grants Program

Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Closed: 5 March 2021

The National Women’s Alliances grants program  will establish 6 civil society networks (Alliances) to ensure women’s voices are heard in the policy making process. The Australian Government is inviting organisations to apply for grant funding under the Women’s Leadership and Development Program (WLDP) to serve as National Women’s Alliances.

The intended outcomes of the National Women’s Alliances stream are that Alliances:

  • Represent Australian women, including underrepresented women
  • Collaborate with policymakers to inform the Australian Government’s understanding of policy issues affecting Australian women
  • Collaborate with policymakers to inform the development of policy solutions to issues affecting Australian women.

Alliances should have a national footprint. Given this, organisations should apply under one of the 6 specific themes to achieve maximum impact. The 6 themes are: 

  • women’s safety
  • women’s economic security and leadership
  • Australian women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
  • women living in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia
  • Australian women living with disability.

Guidelines and Applications

Guidelines and further information for this round can be accessed at the GrantConnect  and Community Grants Hub websites.

If you would like assistance, please call the Community Grants Hub Hotline on 1800 020 283 (option 1) or email [email protected]

Please quote 2020-4531 – National Women’s Alliances when you phone or email the Community Grants Hub.


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We acknowledge the traditional custodians of all the lands on which we meet, work and live and recognise that this land has always been and always will be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land.


Multicultural Australia respects and values Australia’s First Nation peoples’ enormous resilience, courage, determination and often unrecognized contributions to this country’s social and economic development. We walk together in solidarity in the shared pain of the past and with shared hope for the future.