Applications extended for the 2023 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award & Acceleration Grant

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Applications for the 2023 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award & Acceleration Grant have been extended until Wednesday, 16 November 2022.

With many parts of the country impacted by the devastating floods, AgriFutures Australia has made the decision to extend applications for the two programs to ensure women across the country have the opportunity to submit their application.

“The significant flood event across southeast Australia has been devastating for many communities, and we want to ensure women from the affected areas are not disadvantaged and have the opportunity to apply for the 2023 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award or Acceleration Grant,” said AgriFutures Australia, Managing Director, John Harvey.

Female leaders who are creating impact, innovate and make a difference to rural and regional Australia are encouraged to apply.

AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award

The Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s leading Award empowering and celebrating the inclusive and courageous leadership of women involved in Australia’s rural and emerging industries, businesses, and communities.

Location is no barrier to applying, women can be living anywhere from remote cattle stations to urban centres, provided they have a project, business or program which is positively impacting rural and emerging industries, businesses, or communities.

The AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award has seen close to 300 diverse women develop innovative projects that are contributing to a prosperous future for rural Australia.

The 2022 National Finalists’ projects range from support for rural and remote families and a magazine for female entrepreneurs, to improving the mental and physical wellbeing of farmers, giving a voice to disability in agriculture and reducing food insecurity in indigenous communities.

“If you know someone who is actively contributing to rural and regional Australia, tap them on the shoulder. We hear time and time again, that it is often the friendly encouragement from someone else, that gets applicants over the line to apply,” said AgriFutures Australia, Managing Director, John Harvey.

Each state and territory winner receives a $15,000 grant provided by Platinum Sponsor Westpac, as well as access to professional development opportunities and national Alumni networks.

National General Manager Regional & Agribusiness for the Award’s Platinum Sponsor, Westpac Agribusiness, Peta Ward said the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award has long been a pathway to further success and inspires other women in regional, remote and rural industries.

“If you look at previous Award winners, being a leader doesn’t always involve the stereotypical CEO title or wearing a business suit, it’s about energy and passion for a project that is driving change in its own unique way,” she said.

“We know there are many women doing incredible work in our rural sectors and we strongly recommend they apply for the 2023 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award. It is a life-changing opportunity to also forge friendships with the Rural Women’s Award Alumni, be mentored and share knowledge for the benefit of others.”

AgriFutures Rural Women’s Acceleration Grant

The AgriFutures Rural Women’s Acceleration Grant runs separately to the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award; however, it complements the process, aiming to provide a leadership and development opportunity to women who are not quite ready to apply for the Award.

Seven Australian women per annum will be granted with a learning and development bursary of $7,000 to enable them to bring their idea, cause or vision to life.

The AgriFutures Rural Women’s Acceleration Grant encourages innovation and problem solving, looking for women with an idea, cause or vision that benefits rural or emerging industries, businesses or communities.

“We are thrilled to be offering the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Acceleration Grant for a second year in 2023, equipping rural women with the tools they need to make a real and tangible impacts in their industry and community.

“The AgriFutures Rural Women’s Acceleration Grant is an important program as it provides a vehicle for emerging leaders across the nation to realise their potential. It aims to nurture the development of new and exciting ideas, with successful applicants encouraged to apply for the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award in the future,” said AgriFutures Australia, Managing Director, John Harvey.

Applications for both the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award and the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Acceleration Grant have been extended and are now closing on Wednesday, 16 November 2022.

Apply now at www.agrifutures.com.au/rwa or www.agrifutures.com.au/acceleration-grant

Media enquiries:
Georgie Robertson
The Regional PR Co
georgie@regionalpr.com.au 
0417 217 869

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