Calling Canberra women with innovative ideas

Canfan 20 February 2015

YWCA Canberra is inviting Canberra women and girls to further their professional aspirations by applying for a Great Ydeas grant.

YWCA Canberra’s Great Ydeas small grants program provides grants of up to $2000 to local women and girls, so that they can pursue a professional development opportunity, pilot a project or business idea, or address a need in the community.

Now in its fifth year, Great Ydeas grants have helped 29 women reach for their dreams and aspirations in areas of self development, professional development, small business seeding and responding to a community need, including:

  • Country to Canberra, a program that brings rural girls to Canberra to meet women political leaders
  • Martial Women, a martial arts program for women and girls (check out our interview with co-founder Joanna Allebone)
  • Participation in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
  • For Purpose, a program supporting professional development for people working in the not-for-profit sector.

YWCA Canberra’s Executive Director Frances Crimmins said the grants assist Canberra women and girls to demonstrate their leadership and innovation.

“The ambition, innovation, and courage shown in many of the projects we have funded is a sign of the outstanding qualities already well-developed in young women across our community,” she said.

“We look forward to supporting more girls and women to achieve their aspirations in this year’s funding round.”

The program is open to YWCA Canberra members, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and young women under 30 are particularly encouraged to apply.

Women who are interested but not yet a YWCA Canberra member can join online at

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