Scholarships, Grants and Awards

Women's Grants Program (ACT)

Applications are now closed.

Celebrate Achievements - Award Programs

ACT Women’s Awards

Congratulations to the finalists and recipients of the 2016 ACT Women's Awards announced on International Women's Day 8 March 2016.

2016 ACT Women's Awards Recipients
2016 ACT Women's Awards Finalists

The ACT Women’s Awards honour individual women who have made an outstanding contribution to the lives of women and girls in the ACT.


  • ACT Woman of the Year
  • ACT Senior Woman of the Year
  • ACT Young Woman of the Year

In 2016 an additional category of award was presented in recognition of ACT women’s dedicated and impressive work in the area of countering domestic violence. The category of award presented was the:

  • 2016 ACT Violence Prevention Woman of the Year

2015 ACT Women's Award Recipients
2014 ACT Women's Award Recipients

ACT Violence Prevention Awards

ACT Violence Prevention Awards: Canberra Unites to Prevent Violence against Women and Children

The ACT Violence Prevention Awards, formerly known as the Partners in Prevention Awards, recognise contributions to best practice in partnerships, innovations and activities that create awareness of gendered based violence and/or work to prevent violence and sexual assault against women and children in the ACT.

The Awards specifically recognise partnerships, innovations and activities in the following areas:

  • Media,
  • Sports,
  • Private sector,
  • Community sector; and/or
  • Education.

Nominations are now closed.

For further information please refer to  the guidelines

For any questions or enquiries, contact: or via phone 6205 0215 or 6205 0515

Grants and Scholarships

The ACT Government has a number of initiatives which provide financial assistance to individuals and groups for activities that improve the status of ACT women.

Grant Recipients
ACT Women's Return to Grants
ACT Government Audrey Fagan Churchill Fellowship
Audrey Fagan Young Women's Enrichment Grants
Information on other ACT Government GrantsExternal Link

Women's Safety Grants (ACT)

Applications are now closed.

Women's Return to Work Grants (ACT)

Applications are now open.

Application Form [PDF 299KB] [Word 41KB]
Income Means Test

The ACT Women's Return to Work Grants Program is an ACT Government initiative providing women returning to the paid workforce with financial assistance, information and resources to assist them to reach this goal.

Individual grants of up to $1,000 are available to women who have been absent from the workforce for more than 12 months due to caring responsibilities, and who meet the program criteria.

About the Program

Need more information?
Contact Women's Information or Return to Work Co-ordinator.
Email: or
Phone: 02 6205 2885

Audrey Fagan Churchill Fellowship

Applications are now closed.

The ACT Audrey Fagan Churchill Fellowship has been established to honour the late Audrey Fagan, the first female Chief Police Officer in the ACT.

The aim of the ACT Government Audrey Fagan Churchill Fellowship is to encourage ACT women to further their studies and professional development in the areas of law enforcement, care and protection, or professional support services for women who are victims of violence, and to encourage the retention of skills within the ACT community.

An annual $30,000 fellowship is available to women pursuing an overseas investigative project.

Need more information?
Contact the ACT Office for Women.
Email: or
Phone: (02) 6205 0515.


Contact The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
Website: External Link or
Phone: 1800 777 231 or (02) 6247 8333


Audrey Fagan Young Women's Enrichment Grants

Applications are now closed.

The Audrey Fagan Young Women’s Enrichment Grants Program is part of the Scholarships Program which aims to develop the skills and expertise of ACT women in order to increase their participation in decision-making and leadership roles.  The Enrichment Grants honours Ms Fagan’s support and mentoring of young women.

Young ACT Women aged between 12 and 18 years are encouraged to apply for a non-recurrent grant up to $2000 (GST exclusive) to receive support to develop a project that will assist them to achieve their goals. Enrichment Grants aim to inspire young women to enhance their skills and knowledge within their area of interest. Funding can contribute to costs such as equipment, forums, courses and travel expenses to activities.

The Grants provide an opportunity for young women to make decisions, take responsibility, or initiate projects in collaboration with an experienced mentor of their choice.

A total amount of $10,000 (GST exclusive) is available in the 2016 funding round.

For further information please contact Office for Women during business hours on (02) 62053614 or email .

Grant Recipients

Audrey Fagan Young Women's Enrichment Grants

A complete list of 2016 Audrey Fagan Young Women’s Enrichment Grant recipients (and previous year's recipients) is available at the link below. 

2016 Enrichment Grant Recipients
2015 Enrichment Grant Recipients
2014 Enrichment Grant Recipients
2013 Enrichment Grant Recipients
2012 Enrichment Grant Recipients [PDF 513KB] [Word 505KB]

ACT Women's Grant Recipients

2014-2015 Grant Recipients
2013-2014 Grant Recipients
2012-2013 Grant Recipients
2011-2012 Grant Recipients
2010-2011 Grant Recipients
2009-2010 Grant Recipients

2015-2016 ACT Women's Safety Grants Recipients


ACT Partners in Prevention Awards

On 10 December 2014, the ACT Minister for Women hosted the ACT Partners in Prevention Awards. The Awards recognise the contribution of best practice in strategies and activities that create awareness of gendered violence and /or work to prevent violence and sexual assault against women and children in the ACT.

Guests heard from key note speaker  Lieutenant General David Morrison, OA,  Chief of Army, and guest speaker Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Her Excellency Mrs Annemieke Ruigrok about initiatives and campaigns to prevent violence against women and children.

Lieutenant General David Morrison's speech [PDF 46KB] [Word 42KB]

Award winners were:

  • YWCA of Canberra for their program Relationship Things which is a primary prevention program that provides young people with the skills and knowledge to recognise and behave with respect in their relationships.
  • Menslink for their Silence is Deadly program which works with male high school students to highlight the importance of talking through their problems rather than reacting with violence when things go wrong.
  • Adrienne Frances , ABC journalist for her commitment  to raising awareness of the impact of violence against women and children in the ACT through three different programs aired on the 7:30 report.

View 2014 ACT Partners in Prevention Recipients

The Partners in Prevention Awards continue to promote and support public discussion about violence against women and children which is a key objective of the ACT Prevention of Violence Against Women and Children Strategy.

The Awards were proudly supported  by Blumers Personal Injury Lawyers, the CFMEU, the Royal Australian Navy and Delene White design.

ACT Office for Women
P (02) 6205 0515