Obtaining a financial grant or scholarships can provide you with the seed funding, financial support, education, training and profile to help your business grow. With financial assistance through government, NGO and private sector grants you can reinvest the money into developing your own skills and that of your staff.
There are a number of grants and scholarships available to businesswomen to support your professional development and business growth. These include:
Across the pacific
The Australian Government-funded Australia Awards offer prestigious international scholarships and fellowships funded by the Australian Government offering the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development. For information visit the Australia Awards website.
Westpac Foundation Pacific Grants
Working in collaboration with the Westpac Pacific team, the Westpac Foundation Pacific Grant helps improve community wellbeing in the Pacific region, supporting not for profit organisations listed in the AusAID Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme. Eligible organisations may apply for funding for a health, education, financial literacy or employment initiative in the Pacific countries where Westpac operates. Projects with a particular focus on women are looked upon favourably. For information visit the Westpac Foundation website here.
Westpac Women's Education Grants
Westpac offers education grants to help women studying at a tertiary institution or women currently working who wish to return to study. The program gives women and girls a helping hand to further their education. For information visit the Westpac Pacific Facebook page.
In Papua New Guinea
Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW), PNG
Based in Port Moresby, BPW has assisted hundreds of Papua New Guinean girls and women who would otherwise not have been able to continue with their education by providing scholarships. For information and scholarship application forms, visit www.bpwpng.org
PNG Women in Agriculture Development Foundation
This Foundation sources funding for agricultural projects in PNG. Read a paper about the project here.
Westpac Outstanding Women Awards (Papua New Guinea)
In October every year, Westpac recognises and rewards high achieving women in PNG through the Westpac Outstanding Women (WOW) Awards. The awards include grants to help women continue their education, as well as vouchers and opportunities to further their careers. For more information visit the Awards’ Facebook page or download the WOW Awards Nomination Booklet here.
Women in Business Awards, (Fiji)
These Awards honour Fiji’s outstanding businesswomen who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their business or profession and in their service to the community. Find out more by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Westpac has offices in PNG and Fiji, so much of the content on this site relates to these countries. We hope, though, that it is useful for all women entrepreneurs across the Pacific and beyond.
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