Grant Guidelines 2019


Please read carefully to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria and guidelines. Applications must be received by 5pm, Wednesday 22 May 2019.

In 2019, Brisbane Women’s Club (“BWC”) will provide a total grant of up to $10,000 (or multiple grants of lesser amounts totaling $10,000) to an organization(s) that supports Queensland women in one or more of the following ways:

  • providing projects or support aimed at improving the lives of women;
  • mentoring and guiding women to achieve equal participation in the social, cultural, economic and political arenas of Australian life;
  • exercising leadership around issues affecting women.

Our Vision

An equal and inclusive society for women.

Our Purpose

To advance opportunities for women so they may participate equally in society.

Our Mission

To create a community of women, women’s organisations, and those supporting the advancement of women to instigate change for equality through policy, partnerships and philanthropy.

Our Values

We understand the importance of CONNECTION for women and actively work to instigate connections that will add value to all parties. It is through COLLABORATION and working positively together with our partners, our members and within our organisation, that BWC will effect change. We will foster and nurture a diverse and inclusive COMMUNITY where everyone is treated equally. We work with CARE to achieve outcomes that are in the best interest of women.

BWC was founded in 1908 by Margaret Ogg, an extraordinary woman with a passion to improve the lives of Queensland women. Operating continuously for more than 109 years, from its inception BWC has had a strong social justice purpose. BWC was a key fundraiser and driver of the establishment of Women’s College at UQ, actively campaigned for the pension and support for single mothers and today it financially supports a range of organisations, projects and activities aimed at empowering, educating and enabling Queensland women to achieve their potential.

Since its inception in 1908, BWC has played a significant leadership role in:

  • advocating for the right of Qld women to vote and to stand for election to the Queensland parliament
  • the formation of the Country Women’s Association (CWA) in Qld and the Bush Children’s Association and Kindergarten & Crèche Association
  • the creation of Women’s College at The University of Queensland and provision of scholarships for in-need women university students
  • the creation of the Women’s War Memorials (both WWI and WWII), plus a host of other cultural and artistic investments that have contributed to Qld women’s lives
  • Brisbane City Council innovations, including the numbering of bus stops, and funding for scholarships (Warana, and other writing and music support)
  • funding for annual Conservatorium/QUT music scholarship
  • funding or resource provision in response to war-time efforts or natural disasters
  • fundraising for women experiencing domestic violence
  • funding for women’s health research projects

In the past, BWC has provided grants to a diverse range of Qld organisations.  The grant recipient for 2018 was Suited to Success, an organization that carried out research into barriers woman face in gaining employment, developed a module on building self-esteem and supported a number of women to gain employment.  Other recent grant recipients include Yalari Indigenous Scholarships, Women’s Legal service, Friends with Dignity and ovarian cancer research.

Eligibility for BWC Grant 2019

  1. Applications are open to only those charitable organisations that are registered charities with the ACNC and have a valid ABN.
  2. The project or spending must be made in Queensland with all grant funds going to help women in Queensland.
  3. The project or spending must be completed by 30 June 2020.
  4. The successful applicant must be able to provide a clear report on completion, so that the outcomes can be shared with the members of Brisbane Women’s Club, who have made this grant possible.


Grants will not be awarded to or for: individuals; political parties; government entities; commercial sponsorships; religious groups (except for projects that support a non-religious purpose); retrospective requests; debt retirement, budget deficits, endowments or bequest programs; or general fundraising appeals.

Selection of BWC Grant 2019 Recipient

All valid applications will be assessed by the BWC Grants Committee on a merit basis, according to the BWC Grant Guidelines 2019.

BWC  reserves the right to offer part funding  to successful submissions.

2019 Application process and timeline

16 April 2019 Guideline and Application Form will be available on the BWC website @ for organisations to apply for the BWC 2019 Grant.
22 May 2019 BWC Grant application process closes at 5pm.
Mid-Late June All Applicants are notified of the outcome of their application.
By 30 June 2020 Report on project outcomes to be provided to Brisbane Women’s Club to enable communication to members and inclusion in the BWC Annual Report.
TBC The applicant may be invited to attend a BWC function or AGM to make a brief presentation to members, summarising the impact of the donation to their clients.


We encourage your application. Please download the application form.


Once complete, email to by 5pm Wednesday 22 May 2019.

Enquiries or clarification on the process are welcome.