Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is inviting organisations with projects that empower NSW women and improve their wellbeing to apply for a share of $400,000 from the NSW Government.

Ms Cooke said this funding from the latest round of Investing in Women grants gives organisations in the Cootamundra electorate the chance to promote gender equality.

“This is a fantastic opportunity where the Cootamundra electorate can lead the way in advancing the status of women,” Ms Cooke said.

“It’s such an important objective because in this day and age we really should all be enjoying the same prospects, regardless of gender.”

Tablelands Farming Systems, an organisation which delivers training and workshops for improving farm operations, was a 2018 grant recipient.

Executive Officer Tracy Watson said the $25,000 funding enabled them to deliver various courses to encourage and equip women with the skills to take up leadership roles on farm.  

As caring duties were restricting women from pursuing training opportunities away from home, Tablelands Farming Systems delivered training locally as well as providing free on-site child care.

“We now have participants attending our AGMs and on our board, as well as becoming active in R&D and extension activities. The program has had an immediate impact on confidence and participation,” Ms Watson said.  

The NSW Government is calling for applications for innovative projects that: Improve women’s financial wellbeing or employment opportunities, promote and support a holistic approach to women’s health, or support women’s engagement in the community or other social networks.

For more information on the program and how to apply, visit www.women.nsw.gov.au. Applications close at 11:59 pm (AEST) on Sunday, May 26 2019.