Now that the Australian federal election has been announced, the Australian Government assumes a caretaker role. During this period you can still apply for this grant, however a decision on your application may not be made until after the 2022 election outcome.

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Boosting Female Founders Initiative Round 3

The Boosting Female Founders Initiative - Round 3 helps women entrepreneurs overcome the disadvantages faced in getting access to finance and support to grow their startups. Targeted support will be on a co-contribution basis.

Closes in 12 days

Closing date: 02 Jun 2022 05:00 PM AEST

What you get?

Grants between $100,000 and $400,000 (or up to $480,000 for priority groups) for majority female owned and led startups to expand into domestic and global markets.

Who is this for?

Female founded (majority owned and led by women) startups who wish to scale their existing business into domestic and global markets


This program will provide targeted support on a co-contribution basis to female founders of startup businesses to scale into domestic and global markets. The program will also offer expert mentoring and advice to a select number of eligible applicants.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • stimulate private sector investments into innovative startups led by women
  • help women entrepreneurs overcome barriers to accessing the finance and support necessary to scale their startups
  • enable female founders to scale-up, expand into domestic and/or global markets, and become self-sufficient
  • boost the economy through increasing the diversity of startup founders.

All eligible applicants can apply for a grant between $100,000 and $400,000. If you meet additional eligibility criteria as detailed in the grant opportunity guidelines, you can apply for a grant of between $100,000 and up to $480,000.

The grant opportunity will be delivered through a two-stage competitive selection process due to the expected high demand for this program. You will first apply via an Expression of Interest (EOI). If successful, you will be invited to submit a Stage Two grant application.

Check if you can apply

You can apply if you meet the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria are a set of rules that describe who we can consider for this grant. You can apply if you:

  • are an eligible entity
  • have an eligible project
  • have eligible expenditure.

The rules are in the grant opportunity guidelines.

How to apply

Check if you’re ready to apply for a grant

Finding a suitable grant opportunity is just the start of the process to get funding. The application process can take time and effort. Understanding the entire process will help you be grant ready and may improve your chances of getting funding.

Use our checklist to find out what it takes to apply for a grant.

When you're ready to apply

Apply using our online portal:

  1. Create or log into your portal account.
  2. Follow the instructions to complete your application.
  3. Submit your application before the close date.

Make sure you include enough detail and supporting evidence in your application to help us decide whether to award you the grant.

Don’t submit the application until it’s complete. You can’t correct a mistake.

Apply now

Apply for Boosting Female Founders Initiative - Round 3 now 

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read and understand the grant opportunity guidelines
  • can demonstrate you meet all eligibility criteria – section 4 of the guidelines refers
  • can provide the required documents – for Stage One EOI, section 7.1.1 of the guidelines refers.

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

Sample application form stage 1

Sample application form stage 2

Standard grant agreement

Declaration of ownership

Evidence of contribution

Frequently asked questions