Women Leaders in Sport Grants (WLIS)

Up to $10,000 is available to help women reach their leadership potential in the sports industry.

Women Leaders in Sport Grants



The Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) grant program is an Australian Government initiative that is managed by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) in partnership with the Office for Women.



The objective of the WLIS grant program is to provide female administrators, coaches and officials with opportunities to undertake intermediate or advanced training within an existing pathway in the sports industry to reach their leadership potential.



There are two types of grants available:

  1. Individual grant of up to $5,000 per annum, or
  2. Organisation grant of up to $10,000 per annum.


Eligible Projects

Grants are available in the following categories:

  • Coaching
  • Communications, media and marketing
  • Governance (board/committees)
  • Management and administration
  • Officiating.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible to apply for an Individual grant, applicants must be:

  • Female
  • Aged 18 years or over
  • An Australian citizen or have been granted permanent residence status
  • Involved in a paid or volunteer capacity at a local, state or national level in the sport industry for the duration of the project
  • Commencing the proposed project after 1 January 2016
  • Supported by a sporting organisation that is affiliated with a national sporting organisation (NSO) recognised by the ASC.
  • Available to attend an allocated sport leadership workshop.

To be eligible to apply for an Organization grant, organisations must be:

  • Affiliated with a NSO that is recognised by the ASC.
  • Commencing the proposed project after 1 January 2016
  • Committed to support, encourage and provide appropriate ongoing opportunities to female beneficiaries of the grant aged 18 years or over
  • Able to nominate an aspiring female leader from the organisation who is participating in the proposed project to attend an allocated sport leadership workshop



Applications close 9 September 2015

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