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Her Sport Her Way Grant Program

The Her Sport Her Way Grant Program is a key initiative of the NSW Government’s Her Sport Her Way strategy. The Program aligns with the Office of Sport Strategic Plan and supports sports participation plans. It provides more than $2.5 million over four years to assist our NSW State Sporting Organisations to develop and deliver new initiatives to increase participation of women and girls in sport, on and off the field, with a focus on diversity and inclusion.

Important dates

The following dates are indicative and apply only to this round. 

  • Applications open Thursday, 31 March 2022 
  • Applications close Thursday, 28 April 2022 at 1pm 
  • Outcomes advised May 2022 onwards 
  • Funding agreements executed for successful projects May 2022 onwards 
  • Evaluation workshops for successful projects July - August 2022 
  • Projects to be completed December 2023 

Program objectives

The Program aims to assist eligible NSW State Sporting organisations to develop and deliver new initiatives to increase of women and girls in sport, on and off the field, and build culture of diversity and inclusion. This year the Grant Program has a particular focus on initiatives that target adolescent girls 

 The key objectives of the Program are: 

  • Increase the number of women and girls playing sport and improve the retention of adolescent girls 
  • Increase the number of women in leadership positions both on and off the field 
  • Improve gender inclusive sporting cultures and environments 

Grant funding

The NSW Government has allocated up to $650,000 for this Program in 2021/22.  

The Her Sport Her Way Grant Program provides grants from $10,000 - $50,000 per project  

Applicants may apply for more than one project, or multiple locations however the maximum available to any one organisation is $50,000 p.a.  

The amount requested should reflect the scale and reach of the project and the Organisations contribution to the project.  

Financial co-contribution  

Contributions of at least 25% from the applicant organisation are mandatory, this can be financial, staff contribution or through use of voluntary labour or services

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants NSW State Sporting Organisations and State Sporting Organisations for people with Disability. Check your eligibility against Recognised State Sporting Organisations in NSW.  

Eligible Organisations are encouraged to partner with other Organisations, including those with specific experience working with women and girls and under-represented communities.  

Ineligible applicants

Ineligible applicants are any organisation types not listed in the ‘Eligible applicants’ section, and include (but not limited to):  

  • Sporting clubs and associations
  • Individuals
  • Organisations named by the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse on its list of institutions that have not joined or signified their intent to join the Scheme are not eligible for funding under this Program.

Ineligible projects and project components include:

The Program will not fund the following projects or project components:  

  • have commenced or completed at the time of application  
  • have already been funded by the NSW Government unless significant new and additional scope is identified  
  • are not projected to be completed by December 2023  
  • staff wages and administration costs  
  • appearance fees, prize money, trophies, and presentation functions  
  • events that are organised for the primary purpose of fundraising  
  • purchase of land, rental of premises or associated occupancy payments  
  • general running costs including capital equipment or office equipment  
  • insurance (public liability, general liability, etc.)  
  • infrastructure projects (eg. construction/upgrade, maintenance, and repairs)

Types of eligible projects

Project category and description  


Eligible project examples 


Projects that aim to reduce barriers to participation for women and girls and create innovative, inclusive sport experiences that reflect what women and girls want. 

  • Initiatives that engage with adolescent girls and designed to address adolescent drop out e.g. youth designed and led programs  
  • Projects designed to attract new female participants  
  • Programs that engage key influencers to facilitate girls’ participation in sport, such as parents, coaches, and teachers  
  • Community activation events, forums and education sessions that share experiences and successful engagement strategies for women and girls in sport  


Projects that aim to attract, develop, and retain female coaches, officials and leaders, and projects that recognise and celebrate their achievements.  

  • Initiatives that support and promote leadership opportunities for adolescent girls including those not currently involved in sport • Projects that lead to improved pathways and the visibility of female coaches and officials e.g. mentoring and scholarship programs  
  • Projects with a youth engagement approach that encourage and support young women to advance their careers in sport and aspire to leadership positions  
  • Initiatives that recognise and increase the visibility of role models to inspire participation for women and girls e.g. case studies and digital storytelling  


Projects that aim to build the capability of Organisations to increase the participation of women and girls both on and off the field, and projects that build gender inclusive sporting cultures and environments. 


  • Initiatives that engage with adolescent girls to guide policy and product development e.g. peer to peer platforms and youth advisory groups  
  • Projects that increase the effectiveness of boards and management in relation to female participation such as improvements to policies, processes, performance, stakeholder relationships, strategic planning and whole of sport communication  
  • Projects that build a positive, gender inclusive culture across the organisation  
  • Research projects that contribute to the information/evidence base about female participants to assist sport organisations make decisions about operations, planning and future delivery options e.g. facility audit; data collection; consumer insight 

Supporting documents

Contact us

Contact the Grants team

Past recipients

Her Sport Her Way 2021-22 Grant Recipients

Her Sport Her Way 2020-21 Grant Recipients 

Her Sport Her Way 2019-20 Grant Recipients 

Applications closed Thursday 28 April at 1pm.


Potential applicants are encouraged to view our frequently asked questions and Information Session slides (PDF, 2.6 MB) and video to ensure that their application addresses the relevant requirements. 

View the guidelines.

To assist with project planning, use the Participation Planning Tool and review the Think Tank resources.


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