Following the recent success of 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, Football West is pleased to announce the launch of a first of its kind Women's Football Development Fund as an investment in the future of women's football in Western Australia.
The initiative offered by Football West allows individuals, clubs and other organisations to apply for small grants aimed at promoting and developing the game of girls and women's football.
Funding is available for projects such as club activities, professional development, encouragement awards, research and study, along with special purpose awards. Individual grants will be worth up to $2,000.
Football West Chief Executive Peter Hugg said: "It is especially timely given the recent success of the Matildas and the global interest in the Women's World Cup recently conducted in Germany. It is hoped that the success of the Matildas and this initiative will have significant spin-offs and benefits to the sport throughout the world and here in Australia."
Football West Board member Janette Spencer said: "The Board of Football West shares the commitment of our Women's Standing Committee in promoting and developing this vital and rapidly expanding part of our game.
"These funds will go a long way in supporting people - whether they be club officials, students, or players - to develop the game for the betterment of everyone involved and we expect many unusual, creative and unique initiatives coming forward."
Grants are available to anyone who can demonstrate a commitment to women's football in the state and a desire to make a significant contribution to its development in the community.
Women's Standing Committee Chair Penny Tanner-Hoath said: "Following the dissolution of the old WSWA, funds were set aside specifically for women's football. Those stakeholders closely involved in the women's game have been diligent in ensuring that the transitions in organizational structures and other changes in the sport lead to the adoption of an accessible and useable investment that we can safely say is solely for the benefit of women's football. This investment will hopefully reap many benefits."
All applications will be considered by the Women's Football Development Fund judging panel.