Promoting safety and advancing gender equality

Released 03/09/2019

Fifteen individuals, organisations and community groups have been selected to receive funding under the ACT Women’s Grant Program for initiatives aimed at improving the status and lives of women and girls in the ACT, and initiatives that aim to prevent violence against women.  

The ACT Women’s Grants Program combines the Women’s Safety Grants, totalling $100,000, to support projects aimed at reducing violence against women and their children, and the Women’s Participation Grants, totalling $80,000, to promote the health and wellbeing of women and girls in the ACT.

This year, the Domestic Violence Crisis Service will receive funding for the Smart Accommodation project to research the need and potential impact of supporting women in need of emergency accommodation with providing financial assistance, where safe to do so, for rental or mortgage costs.

Other recipients include:

  • The YWCA for the Bystander Approaches at Workplaces Project, to build capacity of small and medium scale private sector employers to promote gender equitable work environments.
  • The Women’s Centre for Health Matters (WCHM) for the Taking the Lead Project, empowering disenfranchised women by using the experiences of women with lived experience of prison.
  • Outward Bound Australia which for the Women of Courage project to engage women who have experienced domestic or family violence in a five day wilderness adventure therapy program.

The ACT Government is committed to supporting innovative programs that advance gender equality, address women’s safety and empower women to succeed.

A full list of successful recipients and project descriptions is at

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