Great Ydeas Small Grants Program

Applications have now closed for our 2017 grants. We look forward to announcing our lucky recipients at the Great Ydeas Innovation Breakfast on Thursday 27 April. You can purchase a ticket here

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.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank our 2017 Great Ydeas Innovation Partners:

Microsoft Great Ydeas STEAM Start-Up GrantMicrosoft-logo

The 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


CBRIN 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.