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Change Our Game Professional Development Scholarships Program

The Change Our Game Professional Development Scholarships Program supports women to access professional development opportunities to develop and strengthen specialist skills necessary to their roles in the sport and active recreation sector, placing them in the best position to obtain and thrive in leadership roles.
  • Eligibility

    Please refer to Section 2 – Eligibility in the program guidelines for the full eligibility criteria for each funding stream.

    Eligible Applicants submit an application on behalf of Eligible Candidates. Eligible Applicant must be a:

    • state sporting association, state sporting organisation or other peak body recognised by Sport and Recreation Victoria
    • national sporting organisation recognised by Sport Australia,
    • local government authority
    • regional sports assembly, or
    • professional sporting club or league, if not otherwise captured in the above. For the purpose of this definition, a professional sporting club or league is defined as competing in the highest women's and/or men's domestic level competition for that sport in Australia.

    Eligible Applicants must have:

    • joined or intend to join the National Redress Scheme (the Scheme) if they have been named in an application or receive a Notice of Redress Liability. For more information on the Scheme please visit the NRS website
    • satisfactorily met reporting requirements on any previous or existing grants received from Office for Women in Sport and Recreation and Sport and Recreation Victoria.

    Eligible Candidates must be nominated by an Eligible Applicant.

    To be eligible for the program, candidates must:

    • identify as a woman or have been assigned female at birth
    • be aged 18 years or over
    • be a Victorian resident
    • have their application submitted by a senior representative/manager of an Eligible Applicant. The senior representative/manager must endorse the application and be prepared to confirm their knowledge of the candidate’s role in the sport and active recreation sector.
  • Funding Streams

    The Program offers five streams:

    • Learning - grants of up to $5,000 for specialist skill development, specific to the candidate’s paid role in the sector
    • Next Generation Leaders – access to a series of one-on-one and small group sessions with a leading career coach to identify and hone the pathway, skills and techniques required to achieve your aspiration to be a CEO or senior executive leader
    • Executive – grants of up to $10,000 for development in technical skill areas such as strategy, negotiation, change management, accounting and finance
    • Governance – Foundations of Directorship Course delivered by the Australian Institute of Company Directors
    • Champions – grants of up to $3,000 to subsidise costs associated with attending the 8th International Working Group (IWG) World Conference on Women and Sport in New Zealand from 14-17 November 2022, including an InspirePLUS pass, five nights' accommodation in Auckland and return economy flights from Melbourne.
  • Application process

    Step 1: Check your eligibility

    Check the detailed information contained in these guidelines to see if you are eligible.

    Step 2: Apply online using Grants Online

    The link to apply online can be found below or on the Change Our Game website

    Make sure you have the information you need on hand to submit your application, including answers to the application questions and any supporting documents you wish to attach. Applicants are encouraged to work closely with candidates and allow sufficient time when applying online as the system will not allow you to progress once applications close.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to prepare responses to the application questions in a separate document to avoid loss of content in the event of technical issues.

    You will receive confirmation of your application number when you apply online. Please quote your application number in all correspondence relating to your application.

    If you need assistance with applying online, please email the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation on any weekday between 9am and 5pm AEST (except for public holidays).

  • Apply now

    To submit an application visit the Change Our Game website

  • Program area and assistance

    For general Sport and Recreation Victoria grant enquiries:

    Phone: 1800 325 206 for the cost of a local call (except from mobile phones); or

    Email changeourgame@sport.vic.gov.au

    Open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5 pm except public holidays.

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Last updated on 08/12/2022