Posted on 09. Jun, 2010 in Victoria

Minister for Women’s Affairs Maxine Morand today called for applications for grants of up to $20,000 to help Victorian women develop their leadership skills.

Ms Morand said $250,000 was available in total for non profit community and women’s groups in the second round of the Women’s Leadership Grants.

“The Brumby Labor Government is committed to creating a community where women have equal representation and can fully participate in all aspects of community and public life, including leadership,” Ms Morand said.

“With women still under-represented in leadership roles, these grants can be used for projects that increase the capacity and opportunities of women to participate in decision making and leadership roles.

“Another aim of the grants is to support projects that increase diversity among Victoria’s female leaders, in particular women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, Indigenous communities, rural and regional areas.”

Ms Morand said this was the second round of grants available under a two-year $500,000 program launched last year.

“Under the first round of grants announced earlier this year, 20 organisations received funding,” she said.

“The first round of grants funded projects that supported women’s leadership in areas such as performing arts, secondary schools, regional communities, local government, sport and the environment.

“We had a great response to the previous round of funding and I encourage community groups to look at what projects they could run locally to improve opportunities for women to have leadership roles in their community.”

Applications for the 2010/2011 Women’s Leadership Grants close on 3 August 2010.

For more information on the grants visit http://www.women.vic.gov.au/

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