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.
This grant is currently closed to applications
Application detail:

Stage 1 Expression of Interest (EOI) applications are closed for submission.

What do 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.

Past and current rounds

Round 3


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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample application form stage 1

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Sample application form stage 2

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Standard grant agreement

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Declaration of ownership

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Evidence of contribution

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Frequently asked questions

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