2017-2018 ACT Women's Grant Recipients

Five (5) applications totaling $80,000.00 (GST exclusive) were successful in the 2017-18 ACT Women’s Grants program -

Participation (Women’s) Grants




Grant Funding (GST Exclusive)


Initiatives For Women In Need (IWIN)

Collective action for the economic advancement of culturally and linguistically diverse women in the ACT.
The community events will include a symposium on flexible working arrangements to generate dialogue and action to support women’s progress in the workplace (August 2018); a workshop to assist women from diverse backgrounds in overcoming barriers to employment (early 2019); and a festival to celebrate local women’s achievements while also providing a platform for CALD women to connect with businesses, community services and government about their health, wellbeing and safety (April 2019).



Lifeline Canberra Inc

ACT Women's Empowerment Program
Twenty ACT women who face disadvantage will be invited to participate in a 12 month Women’s Empowerment Program to up-skill, make connections and ultimately increase employment opportunities. The Program will be provided at no cost to the participant and include participation in four key training courses: Domestic Violence Awareness and Response, Accidental Counsellor, Mental Health First Aid and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). Participants will attend training for two days, approximately every eight weeks.



Belconnen Community Service Inc

Women into Work - BCS Childcare Initiative
This project will provide childcare placements for women who are unable to enrol in or complete SPARK vocational education and training programs due to lack of access to childcare. To offer additional support to these women, childcare placements will be provided by Belconnen Community Service accredited long day-care centres at Bruce Early Childhood centre, Belconnen Early Childhood centre and Ginninderra Early Childhood centre. The services will provide 820 hours of childcare for those women who have not been able to access private or other territory and federal government childcare initiatives, and will assist their ability to complete training / education and improve their opportunities for employment.



Women's Centre For Health Matters

Developing the capacity of ACT Women In Prison. This project aims to build on the success of the previous work undertaken with ACT women in prison (through the WAP program) but this time by utilising and developing the involvement and skills of the women while they are still in prison to guide policy and service delivery responses within the AMC and by ACT government.



Woden Community Service Incorporated

Girls Empowered Together - a program for teenage girls aged 13-16 to support and educate them on subjects and issues they come to face whilst in this developmental period. Two groups of girls will each undertake a 10 week program, which will focus on a specific topic each week, covering theory on the topics in the morning. The girls will then all cook and eat lunch together and undertake an activity in the afternoon to embed what was learnt in the morning session.


Successful Applications

Six (6) applications totaling $100,000.00 (GST exclusive) were successful in the 2017-18 ACT Women’s Grants program -

ACT Women’s Safety Grants




Grant Funding (GST Exclusive)


Tjillari Justice Aboriginal Corporation

Our Kids Get the Picture
This workshop is about informing Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander women (parents, carers and grandparents) by about the impact of family violence on the children. It provides strategies to assist them manage problem behaviours and builds on their parenting skills. At the completion of the workshop there will be ongoing support if the participants choose to follow through.



Big Hart Inc

This primary prevention project offers disadvantaged young women new confidence and skills to facilitate a vital training opportunity for crisis services in the ACT. In November 2017, ACT young women from Project O delivered Colourathon, a fundraising event at the NGA. This project assists participants from Project O to build upon on this work, through a new workshop program in the lead up to a high profile event to launch this training - highlighting the importance of family violence (FV) prevention, and the need to support critical frontline services..



Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services of the ACT Inc. (MARSS)

Empowering Women for Action Towards Zero Tolerance (EWFATZO) focuses on community awareness, education, access to services, law and order measures to prevent and combat domestic and family violence (DFV). EWFATZO focuses on working with women in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities in Canberra.



Domestic Violence Crisis Service Inc

YPOP’s Project CAFÉ (Connections, Activities, Families, Excursions)
DVCS’ Young People’s Outreach Program (YPOP) is an early intervention outreach program aimed at supporting primary school-aged children who have been impacted by experiences of Domestic Violence. Through the course of their work, YPOP’s Child & Family Practitioners have identified gaps in the number of affordable activities available to families, which support their journey of healing and recovery after Domestic Violence. Project CAFÉ will connect YPOP children and their families with a range of different activities with therapeutic benefit, designed to complement and enhance the YPOP intervention.



Women's Centre For Health Matters

"In their own voice” – Engaging younger women in the ACT in the production of local information resources about sexual and reproductive health and safe, healthy relationships
Framed for and informed by the needs and experiences of ACT young people, the project will specifically look to develop information and promotion material collateral that assist ACT young people (and their parents/carers) to identify where to go for reliable trusted advice and supports delivered by local services they can access directly, acknowledging there are other generic online information sources nationally



Women's Legal Centre Act & Region Inc

Community Legal Education Resources – Handbook on ACT Family Violence Orders + Handbook on responding to Domestic and Family Violence in the Workplace. Designing and printing two resources related to domestic and family violence. The first is an update of Your Court, Your Safety, which is a guide to seeking a Family Violence Order in the ACT, to reflect the changes in the Act in 2017. The second is a handbook for employers on how to support employees experiencing family violence and develop a domestic and family violence policy for their workplace.