Investing in Queensland Women Grants

The Queensland Government’s Investing in Queensland Women grant program (the grant program) provides one-off grants for one-off events and projects that address the unique issues faced by women and girls.

Despite positive changes to women’s status and roles, gender inequality persists in our community, restricting women’s full participation in the social, economic and cultural opportunities that Queensland offers.

This grant program supports community groups and organisations across Queensland to develop and deliver events and/or projects that align with the Queensland Government’s strategic priorities and address the unique issues faced by women and girls.

The grant program brings together the previous Queensland Women’s Week, Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month and Sexual Violence Awareness Month grant programs, thereby encouraging better connection between previously separate women’s events and providing an easier application process, consistency in grant amounts, and greater flexibility to deliver at a time that better suits the community.

Funding of up to $15,000 (excluding GST) is available for initiatives with a duration of up to 6 months that align with the purpose of the grant program. Grant rounds will be released twice a year, with a total allocation of $270,000 in funds (excluding GST) per round.

On this page:

    Previous successful funding applications

    Browse the full lists of successful applicants from previous grant program funding rounds:

    Every organisation that submitted a funding application will receive written notification of the outcome of their application.

    Purpose of grant program

    One-off grant funding will be made available to support projects and/or events that:

    • target people who identify as women and who may be more vulnerable or experience multiple levels of disadvantage, including:
      • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
      • people with a disability
      • LGBTIQ+ people
      • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (including people on temporary visas)
      • people in rural, regional and remote communities
      • young people, and
      • older people
    • help achieve the objectives of the Queensland women’s strategy, and 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
    • help achieve the objectives of Queensland’s Domestic and family violence prevention strategy 2016–2026 to reduce domestic and family violence reoffending, including working with perpetrators and/or with victim-survivors, particularly the Third action plan, or
    • help achieve the objectives of Prevent. Support. Believe. Queensland’s framework to address sexual violence.

    COVID-19

    The social and economic impact of COVID-19 has exacerbated existing gender inequalities, placing women at greater risk of long-term vulnerability and hardship.

    Applicants are encouraged to consider how their project and/or event supports the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 recovery efforts, including initiatives that target pathways to women’s economic recovery.

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    In your application, you will also need to ensure that your project and/or event:

    Eligibility

    Applicants must be either:

    • an incorporated, not-for-profit organisation (note: a group or organisation is not-for-profit if its governing documents prohibit the distribution of profits to individual members while the organisation is operating and upon its wind–up), or
    • a Queensland local government authority.

    Applicants must also:

    • be based in Queensland
    • have no outstanding financial accountability, service delivery or performance issues for funding provided by the department
    • hold, or plan to obtain, insurance which includes cover for the period appropriate to the proposed initiative.

    Initiatives must also meet all the following requirements:

    • be delivered during the grant round’s 6-month initiative delivery period
    • be delivered in Queensland, and
    • support the purpose of the grant program.

    Please note:

    • State-run entities such as schools, hospitals and the Queensland Police Service are not eligible to apply.
    • Eligible Parents and Citizens (P&C) Associations and Parents and Friends (P&F) Associations may apply.
    • For-profit entities may partner with an eligible entity (under an auspice agreement) to deliver an initiative. The eligible entity takes full responsibility for lodging the application in SmartyGrants, and will be legally and financially accountable for the proposed initiative.

    Funding dates and funding available

    The funding dates for 2022 are listed below.

    Stages of the grant process Round 1 2022 Round 2 2022
    Applications open February 2022 July 2022
    Applications close 28 February 2022 31 July 2022
    Administration (i.e. eligibility checks, assessment, moderation and approvals) March to April 2022 August to September 2022
    Applicants notified of outcome Late May 2022 Late October 2022
    Delivery timeframe for the funded project or event/s Between July and December 2022 Between January and June 2023
    Reporting January 2023 July 2023

    A total allocation of $540,000 per annum (ex GST) will be made available through 2 grant rounds of $270,000 (ex GST) each.

    Organisations may submit 1 application per round.

    The application will be considered under 1 of the following categories:

    • Category 1—up to $5,000 for small initiatives, such as targeted campaigns or events (e.g. awareness–raising events, workshops or training for small groups, or development of resources such as posters).
    • Category 2—up to $10,000 for larger initiatives which will operate on a broader scale or are more sustainable (e.g. medium to large scale campaigns, development of resources such as videos, or a series of workshops or events).
    • Category 3—up to $15,000 for substantial initiatives which are undertaken jointly between 2 or more organisations or community groups, with favourable consideration given to applications where there is a matched contribution to the initiative from the initiative partners (e.g. government grant of $12,000 plus joint initiative partner(s) contribution of $12,000, making a total initiative cost of $24,000).

    Successful applicants may be offered full or partial grant funding.

    How to apply

    Grant round 1 closed at 5pm on Monday 28 February 2022. This page will soon be updated with the list of successful applicants.

    Grant round 2 will open for applications in July 2022.

    You are encouraged to read the latest copy of the following documents for more information about applicant eligibility, selection criteria and requirements for successful applicants:

    More information

    We cannot provide advice on individual applications, however general, technical and translation enquiries can be directed as follows:

    • General enquiries about the grant program: Phone the Office for Women and Violence Prevention (through Women's Infolink) on 1800 177 577. Hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. Otherwise you can email partnerships@justice.qld.gov.au.
    • Technical enquiries about SmartyGrants: Phone the SmartyHelp team on (03) 9320 6888. Hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. Otherwise you can email service@smartygrants.com.au.
    • Translation enquiries, including for help in your language: Phone 1800 512 451 and ask for an interpreter.