A new AgriFutures Australia program, developed to foster growth and development in women involved in Australia’s rural and emerging industries, businesses, and communities.

About

AgriFutures has introduced a new program called the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Acceleration Grant program. It will run separately, however it will complement the Rural Women’s Award process, aiming to provide a leadership and development opportunity to women who are not quite ready to apply for the Award.

Seven Australian women per annum will be granted with a learning and development bursary (not cash) of up to $7,000 for professional development to enable them to bring their idea, cause or vision to life.

The Rural Women’s Acceleration Grant is one of many AgriFutures Australia initiatives ensuring our rural industries prosper now, and into the future.

What is the bursary?

Seven Australian women per annum will be granted with a learning and development bursary (not cash) of up to $7,000 for professional development to enable them to bring their idea, cause or vision to life.

AgriFutures makes the decision on successful applications and there will be no formal announcement of recipients.

These will be awarded on merit, not per state/territory.

Successful AgriFutures Rural Women’s Acceleration Grant applicants can apply for the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award in the future.

Who can apply?

  • Applicants need to be over 18 years old and identify as female.
  • Applicants must have an idea, cause or vision (not yet realised) which aligns with one or more of three categories: Community, Collaboration, Commercial.
  • Idea, cause or vision will have a positive impact on rural or emerging industries, businesses and/or communities.
  • RWA State/Territory Winners, National Winners and Runner-Ups are ineligible to apply for the grant, however all other RWA Alumni (State Finalists) are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants need to be Australian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Applicants must not be a Related Party of AgriFutures Australia (i.e., not an employee of AgriFutures Australia, or a member of the key management personnel of major sponsors and government agency partners, nor a close family member of the above.
  • Applicants must not be a previous National or State/Territory Winner of either the former ABC Radio Rural Woman of the Year, RIRDC Rural Women’s Award, or AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award – however previous State/Territory Finalists are encouraged to re-apply.)
  • No formal qualifications are required.
  • The idea, cause or vision must align to a minimum of two of the values below:
    • Empathetic
    • Authentic
    • Cooperative
    • Confident
    • Courageous
    • Grit
    • Resourceful
    • Pragmatic
    • Clarity of Purpose
    • Inclusive
    • Innovative

If you know someone who should apply for the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Acceleration Grant, please email their name, contact details, and idea, cause or vision to rwa@agrifutures.com.au.

Timeline

Date Activity
Thursday, 26 August 2021 Online applications open
Friday, 8 October 2021 Applications close
October 2021 –November 2021 Applications reviewed and shortlisted
December 2021 Applicants notified of outcomes