WLDP Project Grants

What is the WLDP Project Grants?

The WLDP (Women’s Leadership and Development Program) Project Grants is a program to support projects that achieve tangible improvements in outcomes linked to the achievement of all, one, or a combination of the key priority areas of the WLDP (note: international engagement will not form part of this grant opportunity).



The Australian Government funds theWomen’s Leadership and Development Program (WLDP) to deliver a range of projects specifically for Australian women. Additional funding over 2020-21 to 2023-24 was announced in the 2020-21 Budget as part of the 2020 Women’s Economic Security Statement to expand the WLDP to introduce a new women’s job creation priority area and boost existing priority areas.

The objective of the WLDP is to improve outcomes for Australian women in six key focus areas: women’s job creation; women’s economic security; women’s workforce participation; women’s leadership; women’s safety; and international engagement.



Up to $40 million GST exclusive is available for the WLDP Project Grants over 2020–21 to 2023–24. The grant opportunity will run from 19 November 2020 to 9 December 2020.

It is anticipated that most grants will be between $200,000 to $800,000 GST exclusive, depending on the scope of the grant activity and its complexity. There is no minimum or maximum grant amount but grants cannot exceed the amount of available funds.


Eligible Projects

Priority will be given to applicants who can demonstrate how their project complements existing initiatives under the Government’s JobMaker Plan, in particular the JobTrainer Fund, to work in partnership with the Commonwealth.

Projects that are scalable, transferable across industries and occupations, and those that focus on supporting women from different backgrounds are strongly encouraged.

Projects funded under the 2018-19 WLDP grant opportunity are encouraged to apply for a continuation or expansion of their project.

Eligible expenditure items are:

  • project costs
  • the development of resources
  • research
  • staff salaries directly related to the implementation of the project
  • materials directly related to the implementation of the project
  • services outlined in the agreed grant agreement.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must be one of the following entity types:

  • Indigenous Corporation
  • Company
  • Cooperative
  • Incorporated Association
  • Sole Trader
  • Statutory Entity
  • Partnership

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • Commonwealth Company
  • Non-corporate State or Territory Entity
  • Non-corporate State or Territory Statutory Authority
  • Local Government
  • Non-Corporate Commonwealth Statutory Authority
  • Non-Corporate Commonwealth Entity
  • Corporate Commonwealth Entity
  • Corporate State or Territory Entity
  • International Entity
  • Person
  • Unincorporated Association



Applications close 9 December 2020.


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