AgriFutures™ Rural Women's Award

Applications for the 2024 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award and Acceleration Grant are now open

Do you have the desire, commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to Australia’s rural and emerging industries, businesses and communities?

The Rural Women's Network and Agriculture Victoria work in partnership with AgriFutures Australia to provide two opportunities to women involved in Australia’s rural and emerging industries, businesses, and communities, now and into the future. Applications for both opportunities are now open until 23 October 2023.

About the Rural Women's Award

Empowering and celebrating the inclusive and courageous leadership of women, the Rural Women's Award supports women-led projects, businesses or programs that will benefit rural industries, businesses and / or communities.

Winners in each state / territory receive a $15,000 Westpac Grant to grow the impact of their initiative, as well as training, development, and a national profile to showcase it. They will also compete for the National Award and a further $20,000 from Westpac. 

Find out more on the AgriFutures website.

Victorian Nikki Davey was announced the 2023 Rural Women’s Award National Winner in September 2023. Find out more about her and the 2023 Victorian State Finalists here.

About the Acceleration Grant

Fostering the professional growth of rural women who are not quite ready to apply for the Award, the Acceleration Grant provides seven Australian women with a learning and development bursary to develop an initiative in its early stages.

Each year, 7 Australian women will be provided with a learning and development bursary of up to $7,000 for professional development to enable them to bring their idea, cause or vision to life.

Find out more on the AgriFutures website.

Upcoming Information Sessions

If you are considering applying for the Award or Grant, we encourage you to attend one of the virtual information sessions held in September and October.

These sessions provide clarity on the differences between the two programs and the respective eligibility criteria. They are an opportunity to ask any questions you may have and will help you to craft a strong application to either program. Find out more and register to attend here.

Subscribe to the Rural Women’s Network newsletter for program updates or visit AgriFutures Australia for more information about the Award.

Page last updated: 15 Sep 2023