Great Ydeas Small Grants Program

We have had to make the regretful decision to not progress our Great Ydeas Small Grants Program in 2020.

Due to the impact that the COVID-19 crisis is having on our school age care and early learning programs, we no longer have the administrative capacity to be able to run the grants program this year. This was a difficult decision for us to make and we understand that many people will have already put significant work into their applications.

We have every hope that the program will run again in 2021, when we will more than likely need your Great Ydeas more than ever.

About Great Ydeas

YWCA Canberra’s Great Ydeas Small Grants Program provides grants up to $2,500 to support women and girls in the ACT, including female-identifying people, and non-binary people, to pursue their passions and improve our community.

The program was launched in 2010 in celebration of our 80th anniversary. Since then, Great Ydeas grants have helped more than 60 local women and girls to progress projects including establishing a podcast, launching a public awareness campaign, running empowering programs for girls, attending a conference and launching a social enterprise.

Priority is given to projects that empower women in our local community, and that have the potential to grow beyond the initial funding provided.

If you have any questions, get in touch at You can also review our frequently asked questions page and find out about past recipients.