TWiA is directly involved in sponsoring the following grants, awards, competitions and training opportunities for rural women and children:

RIRDC Rural Women’s Awards
Tasmanian Women in Agriculture sponsor the encouragement award for Tasmanian entrants to the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award. We actively encourage rural women to apply for this grant opportunity as it aims to grow the skills and knowledge of rural women in Australia. TWiA fund the third place of the award, the winner is chosen through the award selection committee which is described on the RIDRC website.

It is a GREAT opportunity for any Tasmanian rural woman involved in primary industries, natural resource management and services to agriculture, to develop their skills and opportunities. The Rural Women’s Award is NOT about being the best rural woman, it is about you identifying an learning opportunity that you believe will benefit you and your industry. The bursary of $10,000 provides you with the ability to seek out the opportunity and bring the knowledge back home to your business and your industry. It doesn’t hurt to find out more about this opportunity! visit www.ruralwomensaward.gov.au and you will hear from other rural women who have applied and the experience that they have had. You will be surprised how easy it is to apply and how many doors will open.

All contact details are here. For the 2013 Award, nominations open on 1st August 2012 and close on 31st October 2012. It is likely that similar dates will apply for the 2014 Award so be on the look out for announcements on this great opportunity.

Congratulations to Katie Coad the 2013 Tasmanian Winner.

Marcus Oldham Scholarships
The Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Scholarship is the premier scholarship that TWiA organises for Tasmanian rural women. The program is held in Geelong a the Marcus Oldham College campus and usually commences in June running for six days. The scholarship covers the cost of the Leadership Program and travel expenses. Applications are advertised each year in December with a closing date in February with the winner announced at a dinner during AGFEST. Application forms can be obtained through the TWiA Executive, this website and Facebook. Further details of the leadership program and why it is such a great way to expand your rural leadership and business skills are found here:
Marcus Oldham Leadership Program

UTAS Science Investigation Awards PISCE
Tasmanian Women in Agriculture assist with the organising, judging and prizes for the UTAS Science Investigation Awards PISCE. Usually held in August/September each year this great award encourages students of primary and high school to undertake a scientific experiment or investigation with assistance of their teachers. The Science Investigation Awards are a great way for students to do some real-life science, on their own or in a team. Students gain valuable skills, solve problems, work with other students, meet new people, learn a lot and maybe even win some cash prizes! Prizes for Awards in 2011 ranged from $50 to $500.

TWiA Outstanding Contribution Award
One way TWiA can acknowledge and give support to our Volunteer Members is by bestowing the Outstanding Contribution Award (OCA). This award will be given to a member of TWiA who has gone above and beyond the call of volunteerism and have been overwhelmingly generous in their time, input and/or talents. OCA nominations are accepted in writing at all times but must be received by 1 November in each given year to be considered. They may be multiple awards in a year or none. Nomination forms are available from the Executive.

Other grants and opportunities the TWiA hears about are posted on the blog and facebook. If you sign up for membership to TWiA and provide an email address you will be listed on the DPIPWE Rural Women’s Contact List and regularly receive a email bulletin about opportunities. Other great sources of information are Farm Point and Business Online and your local discussion group.

Applications can be made through discussion group leaders and the Executive to bring training opportunities for rural women to your area – get involved and see what great things can be achieved.

Aleta Jones receiving the Marcus Oldham Scholarship in 2012

Aleta Jones receiving the Marcus Oldham Scholarship in 2012

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