Great Ydeas Small Grants Program

Applications now open!

Applications are now open for the 2017 YWCA Canberra Great Ydeas Grants. This year, we have the biggest pool of funding to date on offer, with a total of $20,000 in general and specialized grants available.

Read on to find out what Great Ydeas is all about, what you can apply for, and how to submit your application.

About Great Ydeas

YWCA Canberra’s Great Ydeas Small Grants Program provides funds to local women and girls to pursue a professional development opportunity, pilot a project, kick-start a business idea, or address a need in the community. Applicants must be a member of YWCA Canberra to apply.

The program was launched in 2010 in celebration of the organisation’s 80th anniversary. Since then, more than 40 women have received grants of up to $2000 each.  In the past, Great Ydeas grants have been used to fund education or training opportunities, launch social enterprises or community-based projects, seed funding for small business establishment, or professional development opportunities. Priority is given to projects that empower women in our local community, and that have the potential to grow beyond the initial funding provided. You can read more about past Great Ydeas recipients, and the types of projects previously supported here.

Funding available

This year, we have numerous different grants available, in addition to our general pool of funding. These include:

  • YWCA Canberra’s Great Ydeas Grants ($8,000 available for grants of up to $2,000 each)
  • Microsoft Great Ydeas STEAM Start-Up Grant ($2,000)
  • NAB Great Ydeas Innovate Grant ($2,000)
  • Australian Catholic Super Great Ydeas Enrichment Grant ($2,000)
  • Soroptomist International ACT Monaro Great Ydeas Diversity and Inclusion Grant ($2,000)
  • EY Great Ydeas Creativity Grant ($2,000)
  • CRBIN Mentoring/Lean Startup Workshop Series (available to one successful grant recipient)

Below, you’ll find an outline of the grants on offer – read carefully to choose which grant to apply for.

If you have any questions, get in touch at canberra@ywca-canberra.org.au. You can also review our frequently asked questions page here.

Great Ydeas – General pool of funding

Each year, YWCA Canberra offers four grants of up to $2,000 each to support women’s empowerment and leadership. These grants are available to women of all ages to help fund a start-up, new project, professional development, or more.

Eligibility requirements

  • You must be a member of YWCA Canberra. If you are not a member, please join here.
  • Your grant project/opportunity must take place after 1 May 2017 to be included in this funding period.
  • You must be female-identifying to apply.
  • You must reside in Canberra or the immediate surrounding region.
  • You must fill in the entirety of the application form for your application to be eligible.
  • Your application must be received by 12am (midnight) on 30 March 2017 to be considered.

Apply for a YWCA Canberra Great Ydeas Grant here.

Microsoft Great Ydeas STEAM Start-Up Grant

Microsoft-logoThe Microsoft Great Ydeas STEAM  start-up grant will provide seed funding of up to $2,000 to a woman entrepreneur and/or small business owner of any age, in the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics arena.

Do you have a tech start-up you want to launch? Is there an amazing professional development opportunity that will kick-start your STEAM career? Do you need funds to prototype a new product? This grant could be for you!

Eligibility requirements

  • You must be a member of YWCA Canberra. If you are not a member, please join here.
  • Your grant project/opportunity must take place after 1 May 2017 to be included in this funding period.
  • You must be female-identifying to apply.
  • You must fill in the entirety of the application form for your application to be eligible.
  • Your project must be relevant to or connected to science, technology, engineering, arts and/or mathematics.
  • Your application must be received by 12am (midnight) on 30 March 2017 to be considered.

Apply for a Microsoft Great Ydeas STEAM  start-up grant here.

NAB Great Ydeas Innovate Grant

The NAB Great Ydeas Innovate Grant will provide a financial contribution of $2,000 to a girl or young woman age 12-21, who is pursuing an entrepreneurial activity, such as a social enterprise start-up, or other small business idea.

In addition to the funding, NAB will provide up to three advisory sessions with a NAB business banker, and the opportunity to meet with the NAB social media team in Canberra.

Eligibility requirements

  • You must be a member of YWCA Canberra. If you are not a member, please join here.
  • Your grant project/opportunity must take place after 1 May 2017 to be included in this funding period.
  • You must be between 12 to 21 years of age at the time of applying.
  • You must be female-identifying to apply.
  • You must fill in the entirety of the application form for your application to be eligible.
  • Your project must be relevant to or connected to innovation, small business, or entrepreneurship.
  • Your application must be received by 12am (midnight) on 30 March 2017 to be considered.

Apply for a NAB Great Ydeas Innovate Grant here.

Australian Catholic Super Great Ydeas Enrichment Grant

The Australian Catholic Super Great Ydeas Enrichment Grant will provide a grant of $2,000 to a young woman aged 12-25, to reach her potential through personal development.

The grant can be used to attend a conference, fund an extra-curricular activity, or participate in a learning opportunity, for example.

Eligibility requirements

  • You must be a member of YWCA Canberra. If you are not a member, please join here.
  • Your grant project/opportunity must take place after 1 May 2017 to be included in this funding period.
  • You must be between 12 to 25 years of age at the time of applying.
  • You must be female-identifying to apply.
  • You must fill in the entirety of the application form for your application to be eligible.
  • Your project must be relevant to your personal or professional development.
  • Your application must be received by 12am (midnight) on 30 March 2017 to be considered.

Apply for an Australian Catholic Super Great Ydeas Enrichment Grant here.

Soroptomist International ACT & Monaro Great Ydeas Diversity and Inclusion Grant

The Soroptomist International ACT & Monaro chapter will provide a grant of up to $2,000 to a woman of any age, identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, culturally or linguistically diverse, LGBTQI+, or a woman with a disability.

This grant is for any activity covered under the general Great Ydeas funding opportunity, including to help fund a start-up, new project, professional development, or more.

Eligibility requirements

  • You must be a member of YWCA Canberra. If you are not a member, please join here.
  • Your grant project/opportunity must take place after 1 May 2017 to be included in this funding period.
  • You must be female-identifying to apply.
  • You must identify as either Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse, LGBTQI or as living with a disability.
  • You must fill in the entirety of the application form for your application to be eligible.
  • Your application must be received by 12am (midnight) on 30 March 2017 to be considered.

Apply for a Soroptomist International ACT & Monaro Great Ydeas Diversity and Inclusion Grant here.

EY Great Ydeas Creativity Grant

The EY Great Ydeas Creativity Grant will provide a grant of $2,000 for a woman of any age to support a project, artwork, production, or business idea focusing on architecture, dance, visual arts, literature, film production, music, or theatre.

Eligibility requirements

  • You must be a member of YWCA Canberra. If you are not a member, please join here.
  • Your grant project/opportunity must take place after 1 May 2017 to be included in this funding period.
  • You must be female-identifying to apply.
  • You must fill in the entirety of the application form for your application to be eligible.
  • Your project must be relevant to or connected to architecture, dance, visual arts, literature, film production, music, or theatre
  • Your application must be received by 12am (midnight) on 30 March 2017 to be considered.

Apply for the EY Great Ydeas Creativity Grant here.

CRBIN Mentoring/Lean Startup Workshop Series

This year, we’ve partnered with the CBR Innovation Network (CBRIN) to offer one grant recipient the opportunity to participate in CBRIN’s “Lean Start Up Workshop” series in 2017, and 3 x 1 hour mentoring sessions with experienced entrepreneurs.

If you would also like your application to be considered for this opportunity, please ensure you tick ‘yes’ to the option on your grant application form.

 

If you have any questions regarding your application, please email us at canberra@ywca-canberra.org.au. Good luck!