The Grants for Women program has awarded $83,000 to 20 community groups and local governments to identify and address the unique issues faced by women.
Women’s Interests Minister Liza Harvey said the grants program this year focused on supporting efforts that promoted women’s professional and economic development.
“By helping women develop financial independence and capabilities, these grants create opportunities for women that benefit families and the wider community,” Mrs Harvey said.
“The grants, of up to $5,000 each, target metropolitan and regional organisations, ensuring women around the State have access to services and programs that strengthen their financial and general wellbeing.”
The Minister said the successful projects included those that helped women to start a business, re-enter the workforce, understand and utilise computers and mobile technology, and develop leadership skills.
Artists in Kalamunda will have the opportunity to develop their business skills to turn their passion into a profitable venture through a series of women’s workshops and tutorials conducted by Zig Zag Community Arts.
In the Wheatbelt, the Dalwallinu Community Resource Centre is holding a series of workshops to assist women to start or develop their micro business, by providing them with skills in action planning, marketing on the web and financial planning.
Mrs Harvey said the Liberal National Government’s priority was to promote and enhance economic independence and leadership of women.
The Grants for Women program has been in operation since 2003 and is administered by the Department of Local Government and Communities.
- More information at http://www.communities.wa.gov.au/grants