Building capability and a supportive community is important in business, and networking provides a platform for women to come together in a collaborative group to connect, share experiences and learn from each other.
The Connecting Women in Business Program is designed to support existing networking groups and communities in metropolitan and regional South Australia that connect women in business through mentors, events, online forums and workshops.
The purpose of these activities could be opportunities to collaborate with other women to uncover new business opportunities, build capability and partnerships – or maybe it’s providing a safe space where women can learn and share knowledge to help them with their business, or even coming together to help build confidence and self-esteem.
Applications have now closed.
Applicants are required to email a brief description of the proposed initiative and key contact information to the Program Manager for an initial review.
After their initial review, the Program Manager will contact you within two business days to discuss your concept and provide you with a link to the application form if appropriate.
Applications will be assessed against the Assessment Criteria established in the guidelines by a panel of representatives from the Department for Industry, Innovation and Science.
For a successful application, the proposed initiative will need to enable at least one of the following:
- Expanding Networks: networking and collaborating with other women in business will help expand their networks, which can then lead to new business opportunities, partnerships and collaborations.
- Sharing Knowledge and Experience: providing an environment where women can come together and support each other through connections and mentoring. Women can learn from the experiences of others and share knowledge, which will help them in developing skills and strategies for running, starting and growing their business.
- Building Confidence: Networking and collaborating with other women in business to help build confidence and self-esteem.
If you are an existing organisation that already facilitates connections, networking, build capability and collaboration between women in business, applying for this funding can support you to continue your work.
You will need to have been in operation for more than one full financial year, have an ABN, and operate in metropolitan or regional South Australia.
The types of organisations that are eligible include:
- Industry/business associations and peak bodies
- Business Enterprise Centres (BECs)
- Regional Development Australia Boards (RDAs)
- Local governments (councils) in South Australia
- Corporations limited by guarantee (including not-for-profit organisations).
Approved programs will need to align to strict eligible and ineligible expense requirements outlined in the Guidelines.
Before applying, be sure to read the Connecting Women in Business guidelines to ensure your application aligns to the program and will give it the best chance of success.
The guidelines outline in detail:
- Program objectives
- Eligibility criteria
- Eligible and ineligible expenditure
- Contracting requirements