Grants aim to im­prove women’s eco­nomic stand­ing

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - ■ Ali­cia Perera

Grants of up to $5000 are now avail­able for WA projects that pro­mote eco­nomic in­de­pen­dence and lead­er­ship for women.

The WA Grants for Women pro­gram, de­liv­ered by the Depart­ment of Lo­cal Govern­ment and Com­mu­ni­ties, is now in its se­cond year.

Min­is­ter for Women’s In­ter­ests Liza Har­vey said the grants aimed to help close the gap many women still face in the work­force.

“Women in WA face a num­ber of bar­ri­ers to im­prove their sta­tus — they con­tinue to be un­der-rep­re­sented in lead­er­ship roles and are more likely than men to have no sav­ings at re­tire­ment,” she said.

Last year, grants went to­wards 20 projects, in­clud­ing TradeUP Aus­tralia work­shops en­cour­ag­ing women to take up skilled trade ca­reers and a men­tor­ing pro­gram from the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Women in Con­struc­tion WA.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to ap­ply, visit www.dlgc.wa.gov.au.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close March 17.

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