Ecstra Foundation Women’s Economic Security Project Grant

Date/Deadline: 12 Feb, 2021

The Women’s Economic Security Project Grant Round supports charities and social enterprises building financial wellbeing through innovative employment opportunities and tailored financial capability support for women across Australia.

Grant overview and background
COVID-19 has exacerbated issues of economic inequality for many women – including barriers to employment participation, the burden of unpaid and lowly paid work, high levels of financial insecurity and inadequate superannuation.

The economic recovery period in Australia will be challenging for groups including young women entering the job market, older women seeking work, Indigenous women, refugee and migrant women.

The Ecstra grants will support charities and social enterprises who provide meaningful employment opportunities for women as part of their response to these challenges.

This will include models, programs or initiatives such as micro enterprises, small business creation, paid peer educator programs and employment skill development that contribute to improved financial wellbeing (Initiatives).

Targeted alternatives to mainstream employment can result in better employment outcomes for people experiencing significant disadvantage or barriers to accessing the job market.

Initiatives will integrate tailored financial capability and personalised support into their delivery, to help women build their financial confidence, reach their money and career goals and build a more financially secure future.

The aim of the grants are to:
– offer philanthropic support to charities and social enterprises creating meaningful employment opportunities for women who face barriers accessing mainstream paid work
– support organisations to integrate financial capability and personalised support into the delivery of these Initiatives.

The intended grant outcomes are:
– more opportunities for women to access meaningful and secure paid work through an employer, cooperative or their own enterprise – helping them achieve their career and financial goals
– more women are supported to build their financial capability, confidence and decision making through access to timely, relevant and tailored resources/support
– to enable charities and social enterprises to scale and share sustainable Initiatives
– contribute to the evidence base of ‘what works’ in building women’s economic security and financial wellbeing in Australia.

Funding available
$2 million in total funding is available in this grant round.

As a guide, funding proposals should be between $50,000 – $300,000 depending on the scale of the Initiative and the relative size of the applicant.

One application per organisation may be submitted in this grant round.

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