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AWE Open Discussion Series: Lessons Management

22 March @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT

Want to connect, talk openly, and support one another?  The AWE Open Discussions provide a forum for members to explore insights, experiences and ideas on a range of topics. No speakers, no presentations, just you and other AWEsome women getting together to learn, share and network. With an increase in emergencies and disasters, there is

AWE Women in Emergencies for Climate Action Meeting

19 April @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm AEST

You can join the meetings by using this link:https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86870936151?pwd=dG5LUVJnZldZZVFGT2h5MzRuL2Jpdz09 Meeting ID: 868 7093 6151Passcode: 568423 If you have any questions about the group's activities or want to access previous meeting materials and presentations, please contact the Climate Chapter Chair, Amanda Lamont at info@awenetwork.org.au.

Philippa Woolf Scholarship 2023 – Q&A

26 April @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm AEST

Philippa Woolf Scholarship 2023 For the fourth year in a row, Philippa Woolf, ACIM and AWE are offering scholarships to AWE members to help build their leadership skills. Two full scholarships are available to AWE members to study the Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management) at ACIM Solutions. Join our Q&A with Philippa Woolf to

AWE Women in Emergencies for Climate Action Meeting

21 June @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm AEST

You can join the meetings by using this link:https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86870936151?pwd=dG5LUVJnZldZZVFGT2h5MzRuL2Jpdz09 Meeting ID: 868 7093 6151Passcode: 568423 If you have any questions about the group's activities or want to access previous meeting materials and presentations, please contact the Climate Chapter Chair, Amanda Lamont at info@awenetwork.org.au.

ACT Latest News

CALLING FOR VOLUNTEERS: Research study on “Diversity & Inclusion in Resilience Building Projects”

The University of Sydney is calling for volunteers to participate in a research study on “Diversity & Inclusion in Resilience Building Projects”. The aim of the research is to study the challenges that women in emergency management face in their workplace, specifically those who are involved in resilience building or disaster related projects.

Examples of these projects include:

  • Disaster preparation, response, and recovery projects
  • Emergency management projects
  • Organisational projects
  • Community projects – can be local, regional, or national – including community building and social projects
  • Other operational projects – logistics, supply chain, administrative

The research aims to recruit interviewees (at least 12 participants) who are willing to share their valuable insights. The one-on-one interviews will be conducted in March and will be 45-60 minutes long. These can be done either face-to-face (in the University of Sydney campus) or through an online meeting.

The research aims to shed insights on the ongoing diversity and inclusion challenges in the emergency management sector. The results of the research will be made available to AWE and its members and will enable us collectively to use this information to better understand the sector, and how will AWE assist in providing relevant support and assistance to its members.

For other details on how the interview will be conducted, please refer to the attached Participant Information Statement.  Also attached is a copy of the potential questions that will be used during the interview for your reference.

To get involved or for further information please contact Susan Claire Alvarez (salv7759@uni.sydney.edu.au), Dr Nader Naderpajouh (nader.naderpajouh@sydney.edu.au), and Dr Marzena Baker (marzena.baker@sydney.edu.au), at the University of Sydney or Amanda Lamont (amanda@amandalamont.com) at AWE.

March 4th, 2023|

AWE Network Q&A Series – Grants and Funding Applications

 Q: Grants and funding applications.

I have not had much experience applying for grants and I have been asked to look at what’s available and apply for some grants for my organisation. Do you have any tips, tricks, hacks or secrets that you’re happy to share regarding applying for grants?  Thank you


Grants can seem like a daunting undertaking, but with just a little research and preparation, you will be well on your way to winning your first grant.

It’s important to find the right grant for your organisation. If you are small and have minimal staff or experience, the last thing you want to be doing is burdening your volunteers with managing a large grant with onerous acquittals and reporting requirements. The good news is that many small philanthropic, local council, or community clubs provide grants for smaller projects that could be just the fit.

A good starting point is to do some planning – what is it that you want to do that you need the money for? This will help you narrow down which grants to apply for.



Get planning!

Plan your project – who, what, when, where, how, why, and how much. If you can get your head around this, writing your grant will be so much easier.

  • Who – Who are you trying to help? This could be a targeted group of the public, club members, businesses, youth, or students.
  • What – What are you looking to do or build? Remember to be specific
  • When – When do you want to do it? Include the start and finish times
  • Where – Location, and do you own it, have a lease, or have access? If you have a lease or want to complete the project on someone else’s land, get permission in writing from the lessor / owner prior to lodging the grant.
  • How – How will you deliver the project? Include any consultants, contractors or volunteers.
  • Who- Who will be responsible for key tasks? Consider whether you need any approvals
  • Why – Why do you need it? Clearly state the problem are you trying to overcome. You will need evidence to back this up – use data and letters of support. Letters of support will be very helpful but don’t leave this to the last minute. People need time to get to your request and maybe dealing with several requests for exactly the same grant program, so get in early.
  • How much – How much will it cost? Make sure you’ve got quotes or professional estimates. Consider whether you will contribute money or in-kind support such as labour or materials to put towards the project


Finding a grant

Get looking!

Now’s the time to find a grant opportunity that will suit your project.

The Grants Hub has around 1,400 grants listed from government, businesses, philanthropic sources, private donors, trusts, and other providers and is a great place to start.

The Australian government’s Grants Assist and GrantConnect portals have a range of grants, information and advice. Your state or territory government should also have resources, such as Grants Assist in South Australia. Don’t forget to check your local government for any grants available through them.

Many philanthropic organisations provide grants – Philanthropy Australia is a good place to start.

There are many search options that will help you to refine your search for grants. Use key words like grants, your local government area, your project area



Get prepared!

Get your organisation’s basic details – most grants will need the following basic information.

  • Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Incorporation Certificate or number
  • Financial reports (audited or verified if available)
  • A copy of your Constitution
  • Verification of TCC or DGR status
  • GST registration details,
  • An organisation mission statement
  • Contact details for Project officer, President, Secretary, or Treasurer
  • Organisation address
  • Social media details
  • Bank account numbers



Get writing!

Before drafting your application make sure you read the eligibility and FAQ carefully to make sure you are eligible.

Along with the information you provide you will need evidence to back up your claims – it’s not enough to make broad claims – you will need to demonstrate the issue and why your project should go to the top of the list for funding. Things to consider include;

  • Demographic or population data – this can help show who lives in the community, their wealth, cultural background, employment rates, and key industries. It provides a snap shot of what your community looks like. A useful link is the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016 Census QuickStats tool. It gives tables of information from the last census.
  • Letters of support – These can show what local people, community groups, schools and businesses think about the issue you are addressing and what might be achieved from the project. When you ask for the letter, provide some key points that you will target in your application and what you hope to achieve. These letters also show that your community supports what you are doing, which will help assessors see that your project will be successful because local people want it.
  • Photos – These can be a powerful tool in demonstrating the need for something, particularly if you are wishing to redevelop or rebuild something which is outdated or unsafe.
  • Planning documents – If you have any planning documents, like a business plan, use it and provide it as an attachment. A good business plan, feasibility study or report should have already addressed the questions in the application. If you’ve got building plans add them in.


Next steps

If you are successful – congratulations! The work isn’t over here.

Generally you will need to sign a grant agreement with the funding body and get it back within a certain timeframe. Make sure you read through the agreement so that you know when you have to have your project completed, and what reports you may need to provide.

Make sure you keep track of your project and document it as you go.

Large projects might require you to provide reports at milestone key points. These milestones are generally based on information you have provided in your application, or are identified in the grant guidelines or grant agreement. Sometimes reaching these milestones will trigger part-payment of your grant funding if it is not paid upfront.

A final report will give you a chance to explain what you did, why you did it, and show how you spent their money. There is usually a form which needs to be completed. During your project make sure you take photos, keep a record of any media promotion you get, and keep a copy of the invoices. These will help you write your final report when it’s due, and are sometimes mandatory to supply.


If you are not successful – don’t despair!

While it can be really deflating remember that most grant programs get a lot more applications than they have money to give.

Ask for feedback. Some grant programs will give feedback on your unsuccessful application. Ask for feedback as it can help make your next attempt even stronger. Don’t give up – Rejection can be difficult, but don’t give up. You’ve done the hard work so wait for the next opportunity and try again. Just because you didn’t get funding doesn’t mean that your idea was not great – maybe there just wasn’t enough money to go around. Check your eligibility – Make sure that there weren’t issues with your eligibility, that all documentation was provided, and your application was correctly signed.

You’ll get better with each application you make.


Good luck!

February 4th, 2023|

Thank you for your AWEsome support in 2022!

Dear AWE MembersThe end of the year 
is a time to reflect
on all that has happened
and to look forward
to all that is to come. 

We wish you all the best
for the holiday season
and for 2023. Thank you
for your ongoing
encouragement, and
to the AWE Network
and women in emergencies
during 2022.

We stood by each other
during changes
and challenges
and continue to look to
hope and gratitude
to keep us connected
and growing.

We look forward to seeing you in 2023!

Thank you.

December 31st, 2022|

The Australasian Women in Emergencies (AWE) Network promotes, supports and continuously develops the contributions of women in emergency management and disaster resilience to help build stronger communities and organisations.

Australasian Women in Emergencies.

Membership to AWE Network is open to everyone that plays a role in emergencies, including emergency service agencies, communities, not for profit organisations, governments, universities, schools and private businesses, including volunteers and community members.

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